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Local Solar

How much solar have Boulder residents and businesses installed?

As of 2014, there are between 14-15 MW of local solar installed in Boulder—over 140 Watts per resident! The city supports residents’ and businesses’ access to local solar through climate and energy programs and policies.

View a map of Boulder solar installations

What new initiatives is Boulder undertaking to support local solar options?

  • In 2011, Local Power, Inc. produced a “localization portfolio standard” report that provided guidance on how much local generation is possible in Boulder.
  • In 2013 and 2014 the city facilitated a Solar Working Group comprised of Boulder-based solar owners and lessees, and solar industry experts. This group made recommendations on steps the city can take to increase residents’ and businesses’ access to local solar options.
  • Boulder is looking at Solar Friendly Communities certification.
  • Boulder is considering land use (zoning) code updates to make it more straightforward to develop local solar and wind energy systems by allowing the uses in all zoning districts while also setting basic standards to address community concerns related to aesthetics.  For more information, please contact Karl Guiler.

How does Boulder support resident and business access to local solar at the state level?

  • The city is regularly involved in proceedings at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to support customers’ access to local solar. View Boulder’s joint comments with the City and County of Denver on net metering.
  • City staff worked with a team to draft legislation that opened the door for solar garden programs by Colorado utilities. HB10-1342 passed in 2010.
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