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Solar Energy in Colorado

Solar Panels in Colorado

There are currently at least 2,606 solar panel installations throughout the state of Colorado right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Colorado

The average monthly solar radiation level in Colorado's capital city, Denver, of 5.53 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 48% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 16% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Colorado values listed here are based on the capital, Denver.

Solar Radiation in Colorado

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Colorado solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Colorado values listed here are based on the capital, Denver.

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Solar Installs in Colorado

Solar Panel Installations in Colorado

A look at solar installs in Colorado. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in CO vs. the cumulative install total of rest of CO counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Colorado

There are currently at least 2,606 solar panel installations throughout the state of Colorado right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Colorado
    • Boulder County: 707 solar installs
    • Jefferson County: 377 solar installs
    • Denver County: 319 solar installs
    • Arapahoe County: 267 solar installs
    • Mesa County: 202 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 734 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Colorado

Colorado Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Colorado averaged 12.75 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in June 2017, which was approximately 4% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.22¢/kWh in June. [2]

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Colorado Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Colorado averaged $12.68 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in June 2017, which was about 21% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $15.98 per Mcf in June. [3]

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More about Colorado

About Colorado

Colorado ranks 22nd among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 5,029,196. [4]

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Solar Energy in CO

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Colorado, or for additional solar-related resources in CO, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Cities in Colorado

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