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Community Solar Program

Community solar gardens are large solar projects located within communities where the electricity generated is spread across multiple households, offsetting their electricity bill. Our program connects limited-income renters and homeowners whose homes are not suitable for rooftop solar with free access to the cost savings of solar energy.

Benefits of Community Solar:

  • Guaranteed monthly savings on your energy bill.
  • Average households save 50% off the cost of electricity per year (about $600/year or $50/month).
  • You don’t need to own your home (renters can participate).
  • You don’t need a sunny roof suitable for solar.
  • You are not responsible for repairs and maintenance of the solar array.
  • Subscriptions can move with you.
  • Free to sign up, cancel, or opt out at any time.
  • Environmentally friendly, clean electricity.

Do I Qualify

You are eligible if:

If you think you qualify but aren’t sure, please contact us to verify.

How to Apply

  • If you are eligible, click the Interest Form button below to submit your interest in this program. A member of our staff will contact you within two weeks to complete the application process.
  • Or you can e-mail the fully completed application and income verification to solar@energyoutreach.org.
  • Full Application English | Aplicación Completa Español
  • If you wish to receive an application in the mail, call us at 303.226.7060 or 303.226.7069.
  • For questions about the forms or the application process, please review the frequently asked questions or contact us.

What happens after I apply?

  1. We will verify income eligibility and send application forms for you to sign.
  2. We will submit your signed data consent form to your electricity provider (Xcel Energy or Black Hills Energy) for approval.
  3. If your data consent form is approved, once the solar garden starts to produce, you’ll receive an enrollment letter from our team letting you know when you can expect to see savings on your electric bill and how to read the bill.
  4. If you are moving or plan to move, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make sure your subscription moves with you.
Contact Us

Send an email to solar@energyoutreach.org or call 303.266.7069 or 303.226.7060.

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The EOC community solar subscriptions provide impactful, long-term savings to some of Colorado’s most energy-burdened households and enable historically marginalized populations to participate in renewable energy programs and the clean energy transition.  Read more >>> 

Xcel Energy Income-Qualified Community Solar Gardens by the numbers in 2021

Total Capacity

6 MW

Counties Served

Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer & Weld

Households Enrolled

918

Nonprofits Enrolled

13

Annual energy bill savings per household

$200-$500

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