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.

Eligibility

  • Your electric utility provider is Xcel Energy or Black Hills Energy.
  • Your household income is at or below 80% of your county’s area median income OR your income qualifies you for LEAP. If you think you qualify, but aren’t sure, please contact us to verify.
  • If you meet these criteria, apply here today or read below for alternative application options. 

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.
How to Apply?

What happens after I apply?

  1. We will verify income eligibility and send application forms for you to sign.
  2. We’ll 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.

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

Impact

Currently EOC’s Community Solar Program manages the community solar participation for 1,300 income-qualified households across multiple community solar projects throughout the state.

Funding

Funding for these projects comes from multiple sources including Xcel Energy, Boulder County, the City of Boulder, the City and County of Denver, Pivot Energy, and Namaste Solar.