Community Solar in Colorado

Live in Colorado? Explore our community solar garden projects and join one to help support clean, renewable energy and your state’s bold climate action plan.

Plug Into Easy, Clean, Affordable Energy

Nelnet Renewable Energy is proud to bring community solar to Colorado, helping homeowners and renters support Colorado's renewable energy goals. Now you can go solar from anywhere without solar panel installation, startup costs, and maintenance fees – and you may save on your annual energy costs, too.1

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Renewable energy use by 2040 is the goal for Colorado’s bold climate action roadmap.2

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Nearly half of Americans can’t install solar panels on their own roof because they rent, find it unaffordable, or have physical barriers.3 With community solar, you don’t even need a roof!

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Reduction of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030 is the goal for Colorado’s bold climate action roadmap.2

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Over 127 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are offset each year by American solar power, and you can be part of it. That’s like planting over 2 billion trees!4

There’s No Down Side to Community Solar

Community solar makes clean, renewable solar energy accessible for anyone fortunate enough to have a nearby project to join. If you have a project available to you, why not take advantage of its many benefits?

Make Our Future Planet Better

If reducing your carbon footprint is important to you, participating in community solar is an easy way to make an important impact. Solar energy reduces greenhouse gases and uses less water than other energy sources, too.

Go Solar Without Installation or Fees

With community solar from Nelnet Renewable Energy, you’ll support solar energy use with a flexible contract – and enjoy no startup costs, no installation of panels on your home, and no maintenance or cancellation fees.

You May Save On Your Annual Energy Bill

With community solar, you'll save up to 5% on your annual energy costs.1 You can see the savings for each project before you sign up. No matter what, you’ll never pay more to help support your community with clean, solar energy use.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Community solar isn’t complicated, and it’s easy to sign up for – but it may be new to you. We’ve got answers to commonly asked questions here.

A community solar project, farm, or garden is a collection of solar panels called an array that supplies electricity to a local power grid serving the region. Community solar projects offer residents a way to support clean, renewable energy without start-up costs, maintenance fees, or installation hassles. In addition to helping save the environment, people who subscribe to community solar projects can save on their energy costs by receiving credit on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. For more information, see How Does Community Solar Work?

It depends on your solar project. As a subscriber, you may or may not be charged monthly for a portion of the project’s energy production. Either way, though, you’ll receive solar credits that may help cover your energy bill payment and may save you money on your annual energy costs. Your subscription charge (if any), solar credits, and savings will vary depending on the state program or specific solar project. With community solar, your savings are locked in – with no hidden fees. You’ll never pay more on your energy costs because you subscribed to community solar.

When you sign up for community solar, you’re allocated a portion of the project’s energy production. In exchange, you receive solar credits applied to your utility bill each month which may result in savings on your energy costs. The amount of your savings will depend on the state program or specific solar project.1 (You can watch your solar credits accruing in your community solar dashboard.)

Once your project starts generating energy, you may or may not be charged monthly for a portion of the project’s energy production, depending on your project. With every project, you’ll also receive solar credits that may reduce your utility bill charges. Your subscription charge (if any), solar credits, and annual savings will vary depending on the specific solar project, but people who subscribe to a community solar project in Colorado can save up to 5% on their annual energy costs.1 With community solar, your savings are locked in – with no hidden fees – so you’ll never pay more for making the decision to support clean, solar energy in your community.

No. We don’t use introductory rates. We set rates based on your contract and historical utility usage so that they continue to provide consistent savings throughout the lifetime of your solar project.

If you move and your new address is in the same project territory, you can remain subscribed to the same project – but please let us know so we can update your information. If you move outside the project coverage area, please call us. We may have another project available in your new neighborhood. If you change your mind, there’s no fee to cancel. Notice is often required, and the length of any notice needed is explained in your agreement.

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Are you ready to save on your energy costs and help the environment? See if you’re eligible to join a community solar project near you.