Solar & Generator Information in Colorado

The Most Important Value Propositions for Solar if Using Company with High Itegrity

Solar Engery – What You Need To Know

Types of Solar Energy Systems

How Do Solar Panels Work?

A solar panel consists of a layer of silicon cells, a metal frame, a glass casing unit, and wiring to transfer electric current from the silicon.  When light hits a silicon cell, the light causes electrons in the silicon to be set in motion, initiating a flow of electric current.  This is known as the "photovoltaic effect", and it describes the general functionality of solar panel technology.  The science of generating electricty with solar panels boils down to this photovoltaic effect.  Solar Panel efficiency has increased nearly 400% since they first came out.


Colorado electric energy rates are going WAY up – especially Xcel.  Recovering costs from storm damages, as well as shutting down coal plants 50 years early, and adding new infrastructure (infrastructure alone is an 8% increase as of Fall 2023) will significantly increase the costs of electric power in Colorado.  In 2022 on average, costs rose 16%, and before that for 20+ years, costs had still increased an average of 4% a year.

Net Metering

Tax Credits

Should You Go Solar?

When it comes to installing solar panels and switching to an eco-friendlier energy source, there's not a one-size-fits-all approach.  To help determine if your home or business is a good candidate for solar, an experienced Solar Consultant can quickly & easily walk you through those so you can make the determination with all the information.  There are approximately 130 million homes in the US & 90 million of those qualify for solar.  As need and demand on the power grid continue to increase, as well as the cost of energy to you or your business, consider being part of the solar revolution.

5 Main Questions Homeowners Have, Answers, & What to Consider in Choosing Your Solar Consultant & Company

1.  What happens to my roof?
You should be working with a company where your roof is insured during and after the install for 25-30 years.

2.  What if we move?
You should be working with a solar company in which their program is different than the past programs in that the solar is fully transferable.  So, rather than getting the company to remove the panels and install on your new property, all the reputable company does is transfer the program to the new homeowner, the same way you would transfer your utility bill.  It also usually increases value on your home 5-20% in Colorado & good solar brokers/consultants can link you iwht a realtor in your area versed in selling homes with solar on it.

3.  How much does it cost?
So, you should be looking for a great company that installs on your home and covers all the upfront expenses, and then they simply swap your power bill so you're not in the position where you have to pay two large bills.  Each proposal should be customized to the home and the homeowner's needs, & consults and proposals should be free to see if your home qualifies.  Although solar energy adoption was slow at first, a number of state and federal incentives and policies contributed to driving down the cost of solar far enough to become more widely adopted.  Cost has decreased by 70% in the last 10 years.

4.  Who maintains it?
The company you work with should look after the maintenance for the next 25-30 years within the performance & installation warranty.  The company should be working with good local installers.  If there is anything to happen to the panels or other equipment such as electrical faults, or reduced production, the company & their insurance companies look after the fix, or the replacement.

5.  When do we start saving money?
From the day your solar is turned on, your bill is automatically swapped & you start saving tons.


Ideal items to add to your emergency / weather preparedness checklist.


1.  Keep your important appliances & medical devices running.  It will allow you to keep the necessary appliances running in your home, like overhead lights, the refrigerator, and even medical equipment.

2.  Prevent food spoilage.  It will prevent the stressful scenario of losing groceries from taking place, keeping your fridge and freezer running smoothly.

3.  Protect your home from flood damage.  With thunderstorms comes potential flooding.  Luckily your home's sump pump will combat any flooding issues...until the power goes out.  An electric sump pump can't function without electricty.  If you have a generator, it can be used to keep your sump pump running and help keep your basement from flooding during heavy downpours.

4.  Keep your home (and your family) comfortable.  While we can all make do without power for a short time, the longer an outage lasts, the less comfortable your home will be without the typical and necessary amenities it usually offers.  No one likes sitting in the dark without easily generated heat.  Your fans that blow the heat centrally (even from propane) or that blow from a fan on a wood burning stove, will not work wihtout power.  A genreator will keep your family happy, comfortable, and calm.

5.  Peace of mind.  No one likes feeling helpless during an emergency.  Having a generator is one way to be proactive and be prepared for the unexpected.  You won't have to be dependent upon the local electric company and you can feel assured that your household will continue to run, and your family will remain comfortable until the power is restored.


Power output ranges from 500W - 10,000+W, and larger systems 25kW - 40kW.  Talk to your energy consultant on the pros, cons, and accessibility/performance at altitude on each of these types of systems.

For full peace of mind you would have solar, with full battery backup, and at least one type of generator.

Kimberly Gregory
Local Solar & Energy Consultant / Broker
Our Team Provides Education, Evaluation, Proposals, Project Management, Financing, & Installation
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