Solar energy poised for major growth in Colorado

Solar energy poised for major growth in Colorado

January 24, 2013 0 By Erin Kilgore

Solar Energy Colorado

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association prepares to launch new initiative

Solar energy is gaining ground in the U.S. and California may soon no longer be the reigning champion in its use. Colorado has taken an aggressive step in its adoption of solar energy, thanks to the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. The organization, which advocates the expansion of a solar energy market throughout the state, has announced a new plan it calls “The Path to a Million Solar Roofs.” The initiative represents the organization’s continued effort to encourage the adoption of solar energy.

Plan aims to engage homeowners with solar energy systems

As the name of the plan suggests, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association will be working to install solar energy systems on approximately 1 million rooftops throughout the state. Many of these systems will be targeted at homeowners, who could see significant financial benefits through their use of solar energy. Installing a solar energy system on the roof of a home could significantly reduce the costs of energy that homeowners experience.

State continues to be a strong advocate for alternative energy

Colorado is currently home to a mix of alternative energies, including solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel. The state has become a veritable mixing pot for clean technology. The Metro Denver area alone boasts of more than 1,500 companies with 18,000 workers in the alternative energy sector. The state certainly has the resources to push for the increased adoption of solar energy, but homeowners and businesses expected to be targeted in the Path to a Million Solar Roofs plan will still need to be convinced of the benefits they could see through their use of solar energy systems.

Colorado facing competition in solar industry

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that solar power represents a $100 billion global industry. The organization is keen to ensure that Colorado establishes a strong presence in this industry. The state has competition within the U.S. however, most of which comes from California. New York is also fostering a formidable presence in the solar energy industry with its ambitious plans to support alternative energy businesses.