Be Part of the Million Solar Roofs
I want to be the first house on my block to have solar. A few neighbors on surrounding blocks have installed solar power but my block is still like many places in Colorado – lacking the visible evidence that we’re into clean distributed energy generation. Today, only about 1% of Colorado’s energy comes from solar. In a state that has over 300 days of sunshine, it’s time to grow that 1%.
Two Alliance Center tenants, Environment Colorado and COSEIA, recently collaborated to launch Colorado’s Million Solar Roofs campaign. The goal – to ensure Colorado can get 10% of its energy from solar by the year 2030.
There are lots of reasons to take on this goal. Once installed, solar leads to more stable electricity prices – think about it, electrons are hitting the Earth for free each day and we’ve got the technology to capture them. Solar also reduces losses from electrical transmission over long distances to central power plants. In effect, your home becomes its own power plant.
Then there are the economic development benefits. Many solar jobs are local and can’t be outsourced to other countries. According to the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) there are 3600 jobs in Colorado in the solar industry and this number is projected to grow. And the money spent paying local workers goes right back into Colorado’s economy through purchases of goods and services.
Last but not least, there are the environmental benefits. If the 10% solar generation goal is reached it would prevent 3.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 900,000 cars off the road. That’s significant in a place where our urban centers regularly get failing grades for smog pollution. It’s time to change that.
So how do YOU as someone who wants solar on your roof go about figuring out which system is right, how much it will cost, and what incentives are available? There’s a new tool to help you navigate the solar industry sales process. It’s been deemed the “Travelocity of Solar”. Imagine booking a flight these days without Travelocity or Expedia?
To help you with figuring out which solar quote is best for meeting your needs and goals we have EnergySage. This website also gives lots of helpful information about solar power, including financing options and top reasons to buy a system.
If we want to make solar a mainstream energy source in Colorado, we should all look into what it would take to put solar on a million roofs and that includes yours. All it takes is a few minutes of your time.