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Solar Power in the City of Boulder

In communities around the world people are increasingly tapping into one of our most abundant, clean, and affordable natural resources: the sun. There are numerous environmental and financial benefits of solar energy, including lowering greenhouse gas emissions, managing energy costs, creating local jobs, and helping achieve greater energy independence. The City of Boulder is committed to sustainability, and with over 300 days of sunshine per year, our sunny locale is the perfect place to take advantage of all that solar has to offer.

The City of Boulder received a SolSmart Gold designation from the U.S. Department of Energy

 SolSmart is a nation recognition and no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and help even more American homes and businesses access affortable and renewable solar energy. The City of Boulder was awarded the highest level of designation in Sept. 2016 for the work the city has done adopting programs and practices to make it easier, faster and cheaper to go solar. Read the press release or Boulder's letter of commitment pdf from the designation application for more information. 

Boulder Solar Tool

Boulder's rooftop solar tool supports community members in understanding their solar potential. The online tool helps residents, businesses, institutions and property owners to: determine how much electricity can be produced on their rooftops; estimate system cost and payback time; connect with solar contractors and financial rebates and incentives; and learn more about how their use of renewable energy impacts the climate.

Solar Ready Building 

The City of Boulder's latest building code updates require all new buildings to be solar PV ready. 

2014 work from the Energy Future Solar Working Group:

Stay tuned for updates from the 2017 solar working group! 

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