Boulder County Solar Project

Boulder County will soon get an estimated $1.5 million worth of solar-electric systems installed on eight different county buildings.

The work is going to be part of Boulder County’s Sustainable Energy Plan.

Want to learn more about solar energy, or better yet, how you can save money, live more comfortably, and protect the environment by using solar electric power? Call or email me right now, so we can talk about your important questions.

The interesting thing is that while this sounds like a very large investment, and a tremendously large system capacity at almost 900,000 kW hours of electricity per year, this system will only offset about six percent of the county’s electricity demand.

You should know that if you choose to explore implementing a solar electric system on your home, you’d likely only need a three kW to 5 kW system to offset all of the electricity needs of a typical 2000 to 2500 square foot home.

While those are fairly rough numbers, I hope it will give you a basic idea of the difference between the impact you can have using solar electric photo voltaic on your home, versus a commercial application.

The best way to get the straight dope on what works for your home and your lifestyle is to contact the folks at Simple Solar. We’re offering another workshop with Simple Solar soon, so if you think you want to join in, call or email me so I can add your name to the list for our next mini seminar. It’s always free, often fun, and definitely informative.

As far as the county goes, it’s not eligible to receive federal incentives for renewable energy systems, like you are, so Boulder county will work around that by having a third-party partner own the solar electric systems. The third-party owner will collect the federal incentives, credits and deductions for the installation, then the company will be selling the power to the county. Sounds like a unique work-around arrangement.

It’s not that complicated for you, and there may be some new opportunities due to initiative 1A in Boulder County. Email or call me to learn more, or to pose some of your questions about solar electric systems or real estate. I hope to hear from you soon.
-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

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One Response to “Boulder County Solar Project”

  1. Steve Higgins on December 30th, 2008 5:49 pm

    Zachary,
    My neighbor just covered his roof and it seems the city is going solar too!
    Thanks for the post – now we just need to kick this cold streak and have some sun to power it all!!
    Steve Higgins
    Boulder Mortgages and Real Estate
    http://www.BoulderLoanRanger.com

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