Current cost of solar panels in Colorado Springs

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices

$11,248-$13,748

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$28,004-$34,228

Payback period

7.9-9.7 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

6.5kW

Chart 1: Distribution curve of CO residential solar cost 2020
$12K
SolarReviews average

Note: Prices after 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit

Guide to solar power in Colorado Springs in 2020

Colorado Springs is an excellent place to go solar. You’re probably using Colorado Springs Utilities as your utility. Colorado Springs Utilities has full retail net metering, which provides excellent savings when you install a solar panel system. 

The most significant incentive to install solar panels in Colorado Springs is the 26% federal tax credit. However, the tax credit is set to step down to 22% at the end of 2020. This means in order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Colorado Springs is now. 

Another key incentive for going solar in Colorado Springs is the Colorado Springs Utilities solar rebate. This helps you cut down on the upfront costs of your solar installation. By entering your address into our solar panel calculator, you can see what other local incentives are available in your area. 

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Current solar incentives and tax credits available in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Utilities Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Colorado Springs Utilities offers their customers $0.10 per watt of solar they install on their roof. So, if you install a 6 kilowatt solar system, you'll recieve a rebate of $600! 

Colorado Springs Utilities net metering 

Colorado Springs Utilties offers full retail net metering for their customers. When your solar panel system produces more electricity than your home uses, the utility will give you a kilowatt hour credit on your electric bill that can be used to offset your electric usage in the future. 

The 26% federal solar tax credit explained

The federal solar tax credit is equal to 26% of the total cost of installing solar panels on your home. The amount of the tax credit is then deducted from your federal taxes. You can claim the credit over several years if the amount you owe in taxes is less than the amount of your tax credit. You can only take advantage of the federal tax credit if you pay federal income taxes.

Keep in mind that the federal solar tax credit is set to step down at the end of 2021, falling from 26% of costs to just 22%. So, the best time to go solar is now, so you can maximize your solar savings.

How much will solar panels on my home save me?

The answer to this question depends on your electricity usage. Generally speaking, the higher your power usage, the greater your potential savings are from installing solar.

The average monthly electricity usage in Colorado is about 694 kWh per month. However, you are most likely using a lot more than this since this average includes small apartments and condos.

The Colorado Springs solar panel savings calculator uses our database of electric rates from local utilities to convert your monthly power bill into how much electricity your home uses. From there, the calculator can work out how many solar panels you need to offset your power usage, how much a solar system will cost based on prices of local solar companies, and the amount of money you will save on your electric bill.

Cost and savings for a 9.53 kW average-sized solar system in Colorado Springs

Cost per watt range

$2.35 - $2.87

Net cost of system

$10,773

Average payback

6.1 - 7.5 years

Annual power production

14,186 kWh

Levelized cost of solar energy

3¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

18¢ /kWh

(forecast avg Colorado electric rates over the next 25 years)

Average solar savings on this system over the next 25 years

$43,840

(Savings shown after repayments of capital)

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Are solar panels worth it in Colorado Springs

Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2020 they also remain subsidized by the 26% federal tax credit and the net metering law making them an excellent investment. They offer a return well above the long term average return from both the share market and also property investment.

Another way to look at this question is the levelized amount you will pay for each kWh of power you will use over the next 25 years with and without solar panels. As you can see below the savings are significant.

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Table 2: Available incentive programs
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: State incentive
Type: Sales Tax Incentive

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Note: Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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