Solar incentives and rebates in Colorado
There’s no doubt that a residential solar system is a significant investment, but there are plenty of incentives in place to help you save money.
One of the easiest ways to save money with your solar panels is the federal government’s 26% tax credit available to those who invest in green energy infrastructure for their homes, including solar panels. The tax credit expires at the start of 2022, so be sure to purchase your panels before the close of 2021.
There are also ways to save specifically for Colorado residents. First, the state has a sales and use tax exemption, which exempts you from paying sales taxes on the purchase of renewable energy equipment. Colorado also has a property tax exemption for renewable energy, meaning you won’t pay more property taxes for the increase in your home’s property value from solar panels.
Other ways to save include net metering, where you can get credits for the electricity you give back to the power grid and rebates from local governments on solar installations.
Solar energy in Colorado may help lower your electric bills
The credits and rebates aren’t the only ways you can save, thanks to your residential solar system. You can also see plenty of savings on your monthly electricity bill.
The average electricity rate in Colorado is 12.61 cents per kilowatt-hour, with the average electricity bill being about $83 per year. And while Colorado residents enjoy some of the lowest electric bills in the nation, there’s still plenty of room to save.
If you spend $15,000 on your solar system, you could expect to make your money back in about 15 years. But remember, that’s when you only factor in your monthly electricity savings. It doesn’t even take into account tax credits, rebates, net metering, and a home value increase.