With 300 days of sunshine annually, Western Colorado is an ideal place for solar PV systems
Delta County has received the National SolSmart Bronze designation as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative. The designation program recognizes communities that represent positive solar practices. Achieving a bronze designation puts Delta County on the national stage as a community that works to simplify the process of going solar for its businesses and residents.
Solar Energy International is working on connecting you with the resources you need to make solar more affordable!
Curious why your neighbors are going solar?
At the conclusion of Solarize Round I, we sent a survey to all participants, including those who began the processes with a free remote site assessment, but chose not to proceed. Below are the top 5 reasons why your neighbors went solar. Whether your motivation is energy independence, good economic sense, a great deal, or/and the environment, today more of your neighbors are going solar! What might your reason be?
- Decrease Carbon Footprint
- Support Local Energy Generation
- Energy Independence
- Hedge Against Rising Electricity Costs
- Support Local Jobs
100% of the Solarize customers surveyed said they would recommend it to a friend!
Think solar is still too expensive?
The cost of installing solar PV on your home or business has dropped 70% since 1998! That’s according to a 2015 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Combine this with effective community programs like Solarize and today more Americans are generating their own power!
While expanded financing options make going solar easier than before, many people overlook simple home improvements, many you can do under ten dollars, that can
also reduce your energy bills. Best of all, anyone can do them! See below for more
details about these improvements and then head over to the rebate section to find
out how you can reap big savings even sooner!
Energy Smart Colorado began in the Central Mountain region to provide energy efficiency services to Colorado residents. It has since expanded via partners like Source Gas to make their “Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment” available to more Coloradans. To learn more and schedule your appointment, call 1-855-372-5064 or VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
DMEA also offers a FREE basic energy assessment. Details can be found HERE.
They have also produced a short education series that explores some of the many simple home improvements you can make to save money on your utility bills:
EnergyWise out of Grand Junction conducts energy audits. They provide a bounty of services including insulation, air-sealing, and general contracting services. Check out their online videos and see what their home energy audit tours can do for you.
Kill-A-Watt meters are available to residents through the Montrose, Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, and Crawford public libraries. The devices can be checked out like other library materials, and allow members to plug in their 110-volt home appliances and other electric devices to determine their electrical draw and the resulting cost.
Now that you have learned more about energy efficiency and the easy improvements that you can make, here is a list of rebates that can further your savings. Also check with manufacturers for their own rebate programs.
DMEA: To learn more about how energy efficiency can save you money, renewables, utility events, and available coop rebates, please visit DMEA
Source Gas and their applicable rebates
USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their businesses.
Energy Outreach Colorado is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to help low-income residents meet their energy needs. EOC works with subcontractors and partner providers throughout the state, assisting in energy efficiency audits, grants for improvements, and energy education. Contact them for assistance for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) applications and more.
Information about how to apply for assistance from LEAP and Energy Outreach is
available at 1-866-432-8435 (1-866-HEAT-HELP). See more HERE
*Local partner agencies are also available on their website.
Housing Resources of Western Colorado serves Mesa, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose,
San Miguel, Ouray, Hinsdale, Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata, and Archuleta
counties. Their mission is to provide affordable housing and money-saving
resources to Coloradans. Income qualified applicants can schedule a FREE
weatherization assessment which includes recommended upgrades.
524 30 Road, Suite 3
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Phone: (970) 241-287
A list of energy assistance resources can also be found on the DMEA website
Colorado State University Extension program has many resources under their energy offerings for Colorado residents. Visit their website for tutorials, grants, and education on such issues as insulating your home, understanding your utility bill and available energy audits.
CSU Extensions also oversees the Rural Energy Center to engage rural communities
in “energy opportunities that bring about economic and environmental benefits
through assessments, research, and outreach.”
Delta County CSU Extension Office
525 Dodge Street
Energy Outreach Colorado offers facility energy efficiency grants for non-profits
serving low-income individuals and families. As a result, they can reduce energy
costs and allocate more of their operating budget to community services.
The Department of Energy’s Energy Saver page provides important information about energy for homeowners. Visit their Energy Efficiency page for easy tips to save money on your utility bills, as well as DIY projects.
This page also has consumer information for solar and handy links to explore.
Home Power Magazine: Since 1987, when solar was mostly used by people to live independently from the grid, Home Power has helped homeowners navigate how to generate and use their own energy. Many of their contributors and staff are familiar with the North Fork Valley, with some even residing in nearby Crested Butte.
Energy Sage is a private company that provides a marketplace platform for consumers to learn about solar. Although meant more as a tool for more developed and urban markets, they have some great educational resources to learn if solar is a fit for you.
Want to learn more about Renewable Energy? You are welcome to attend SEI’s free
course on “Introduction to Renewable Energy”
Whether you choose to go solar with our Solarize partner installer or another installer in the region, the contractor typically handles all permitting concerns.
Below is a compiled list of some of the governing jurisdictions and mandates overseeing projects pertaining to solar photovoltaic and solar thermal work for Delta County. Homeowners proceeding without a contractor must follow all applicable regulations in the State of Colorado.