We've been installing solar panels in Colorado and Wyoming since 2015, and don't intend to stop anytime soon! With 300 days of sunshine each year and the residential and commercial solar industries growing at such a rapid rate, it is an exciting time for renewable energy in the Centennial State. Here's a quick snapshot of Colorado's solar presence midway through 2019, the last year for the full federal tax credit.
Solar Installed (MW): 1,268.42
National Ranking: 12th (11th in 2018)
Enough Solar Installed to Power: 258,355 homes
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.04%
Solar Jobs: 6,847
Solar Companies in State: 476 (49 Manufacturers, 234 Installers/Developers, 193 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State: $3,352.10 million
Prices have fallen: 32% over the last 5 years.
Growth Projection and Ranking: 2,406 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th)
Number Of Installations: 60,193
Data provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association
Colorado is also home to some of the most valuable resources for solar power in the country.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado is an internationally recognized research facility leading the way in all things renewable. They are focused on finding long term solutions for our world's growing energy needs. Read their solar research here.
In terms of on the job training, there is no better resource than Solar Energy International (SEI) in Paonia, Colorado.which boasts in training over 25% of all individuals who receive NABCEP certifications, including some of Apollo Energy's own!
If you are a homeowner in Colorado and haven't explored your roof's solar potential, consider a free solar assessment with Apollo Energy! Get started here.