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Boulder County Solar Co-op reopens after record demand

County residents, small businesses have second opportunity to join Colorado's largest single-installer solar group
2021-11-17 Solar Panel PEXELS

After filling up less than two weeks following its September launch, the Boulder County Solar Co-op has reopened to Boulder County residents and small businesses. Sign-ups are open until Dec. 31, 2023, or until the co-op reaches its new maximum of 500 members.  

The co-op initially limited sign-ups to 200 to make sure local installers could handle demand. Following a series of meetings and a competitive bidding process, current members selected Smart Wave Solar to kick off the largest single-installer group buy in state history – but there’s room for even more. 

The co-op already has an impressive 49 signed contracts for a total of 318 kilowatts of solar installations – yet another record for co-op installs in the state of Colorado. 

A key to the co-op’s success is the substantial group discount. Members enjoy a 10-20% reduction off of area market rates, making solar more accessible and affordable. The Co-op also empowers members with unbiased, no-cost resources and guidance, ensuring informed decisions without any obligation to purchase.

“The solar co-op is like having a friend on your side to walk you through the solar purchasing process,” said Boulder resident and solar co-op member Jared Friedman.

“I’ve had several bids [for solar installation] recently and this is the best price by far, which means I get a payback I’m happy with.”

Solar energy production plays a critical role in combating the climate crisis and improving community health by reducing reliance on fossil fuels, a major source of greenhouse gasses and air pollution.

This shift towards cleaner energy not only mitigates environmental impacts but also improves air quality, fostering healthier communities.

“Rooftop solar can help our communities cut down on carbon emissions and manage peak grid loads across seasons,” said Boulder County EnergySmart advisor Rachael Bramblett.

“It’s a win-win for the community, because it also helps homeowners save on their energy bills.”

Are you ready to go solar? The Boulder County Solar Co-op is open NOW until Dec. 31, 2023, or until it reaches 500 members. Boulder County residents and small businesses can learn more and sign up here.