Community Solar Program

Our Community Solar program connects income-qualified households with solar power to help every community lower their energy costs and increase Colorado’s renewable energy production.

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 income-qualified renters and homeowners whose homes are not suitable for rooftop solar with free access to the cost savings of solar energy.

These solar subscriptions provide impactful, long-term savings to some of EOC’s most energy-burdened households.

EOC has partnered with Xcel Energy to launch the first solar gardens in the nation that are owned by an investor-owned utility and are 100% dedicated to limited-income households. Subscribers receive credits on their utility bill every month for the energy produced.

Interested in learning more?
Visit our Community Solar FAQ page.

 
How to Apply?

Since there is a limited number of community solar projects, priority is given to applicants living near an existing or planned solar garden project. EOC also maintains a waitlist for interested applicants to ensure qualified households are connected as soon as space becomes available.

 

You are eligible if:

If your household is not behind on its Xcel Energy bill, but you are still interested in the program, contact us at solar@energyoutreach.org
for an application.

Impact

Currently EOC’s Solar Program manages the subscriptions for 1,300 income-qualified households across multiple community solar projects throughout the state. The subscriptions lead to energy savings of at least 20% in most cases.

 

Funding

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

 

About EOC

For over 30 years, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has been a leading expert on issues impacting income-qualified energy consumers and how best to meet the needs of our state’s diverse population. EOC leads a network of industry, state, and local partners to Support, Stabilize and Sustain income-qualifying Coloradans so they can afford their home energy needs in an ever-changing energy market.

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