Denver area residents are not only saving money on their electric bills, They’re also managing to save the environment. In 2008 the city was named one of the Department of Energy’s “Solar America Cities” and area residents are reaping the benefits of their increasing use of solar energy.

There are many reasons to seriously consider installing solar options in a home. Solar helps to cut costs from conventional energy sources, is friendly to the environment, and after tax breaks from the IRS, is even friendlier to your budget.

Before installing any type of solar power system, there are many things to consider. Historic landmark status, zoning, building codes, permits, and inspections are all factors that need to be considered before installation. Take a look at a few places in Denver that can provide your home with some reasonable solar solutions.

Hours:  Mon to Fri– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Namasté Solar designs, installs, and services solar electric systems for residential homes in Colorado. Solar panels can be mounted on the roof, ground, or awnings. Namasté, a company that has installed over 1,200 solar electric systems in Colorado, will educate homeowners about the benefits of renewable energy. The installers are experts in local rebates, permitting requirements, and design challenges.

If you’re not interested in paying for the solar panels installed on your home, Namasté has created the SunRun option. Customers enjoy paying little to no money for installation of the panels in exchange for a fixed monthly fee for their solar energy.

Hours: Mon to Fri– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Denver Solar and Wind has a renewable energy process designed to save homeowners tons of cash on their electric bills. The skilled system designers walk through the home and give the homeowner a detailed overview of how solar energy will work in their household. The team then sends a design concept to the engineering department. Next, the homeowner will sit down with a project manager to develop an installation schedule and detail the installation process.

Denver Solar and Wind has also teamed up with Sungevity, an innovative and full-service residential solar company that offers homeowners easy and affordable options for solar use. Sungevity’s “solar leasing” option allows customers to have panels installed for $0 down, while paying a monthly fee for the energy the panels produce.

Hours: Mon to Fri– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sun Spot Solar offers a standard, mounted photovoltaic system that uses solar cells or photovoltaic arrays to convert energy from the sun into electricity that can be transferred into the household. This system is tied to the electrical grid, giving the customer the possibility of turning their meter backwards by feeding power back into the grid.

Sun Spot Solar also offers a geothermal system to heat and cool the home. The Earth absorbs radiation from the sun, storing it underground at a relatively constant temperature. A sealed loop of piping is snaked under the Earth and through the home. Water flowing constantly through the pipes is heated and cooled by the Earth in the winter and summer respectively. According to Sun Spot Solar, geothermal is approximately four times more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems and emits no carbon monoxide into the atmosphere.

Hours: Mon–Fri: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adobe Solar will work with the homeowner by doing a full solar site assessment and providing a design plan and installed system quote. The company uses only the highest quality solar components and installation methods. Adobe Solar carries a wide range of solar panels, which all have a manufacturer warranty of at least 20 years, as well as high quality grid-tied photovoltaic solar electric systems, which are relatively easy to maintain. Different mounting options are available depending on individual needs.

Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver at


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