Our Process

— Custom Solar Solutions —

Precision Solar Design and Installation

Custom Solar Power Designs by Expert Consultants

Our team of Solar Energy Consultants are experts when it comes to custom design of solar panel and home battery installations. At Sopris Solar, we don’t do cookie-cutter installs. Every system we design and install is perfectly tailored to meet the needs of our individual customers.

Using sophisticated software, our team is able to design the perfect system for your home and lifestyle. Our production predictions are realistic and accurate – giving our customers peace of mind knowing that their energy needs will be met for years to come.

AURORA Design Software

The sophisticated software our solar and energy storage consultants use is second-to-none. It allows us to quickly and accurately design the perfect system, every time. What does that mean for you? No surprises on installation day.

      3D ENVIRONMENT

    LIDAR Data

       Production Calculator

      Irradiance Mapping

— Custom Solar Solutions —

The Importance of Correct System Design

We recognize that every home is different and has its own unique set of needs. A number of factors go into making sure your solar power and home battery system is designed to fit your individual requirements. Unfortunately, too many companies don’t consider all of those factors. At Sopris Solar, that’s not how we do things. We want to be certain your system meets your energy needs for years to come. Our expertise allows us to analyze your electric usage requirements and provide energy-saving solutions specific to each of our customers’ goals for solar installation in Colorado.

If your goal is to offset your electric bill entirely (which is what we normally recommend), we go the extra step to ensure this. A poorly designed system can potentially cost you thousands of dollars in the long term.

HOW SOLAR WORKS

 

Solar technology uses the second most abundant element on earth to harness, the limitless energy of the sun. It couldn’t be more sustainable, and it’s becoming more affordable every year. So how does harnessing solar energy work?

1

Solar panels collect energy from the sun. When sunlight hits the solar panels, photovoltaic (PV) cells convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity.

2

The inverter converts the DC current from the sun into AC power, which is the power used in your home.

3

The inverter feeds your service panel and your home uses the electricity produced by the solar panels and inverter

4

The excess energy that your home doesn’t use is sent through the Bi-directional meter allowing excess solar energy that your home does not need to spin your meter backwards- sending that energy back to the grid and providing credits when you need energy in the evening when the sun goes down.

Ownership Means More Benefits For You

Stop the renting your electricity from the utility company and start investing in your future and the environment

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Solar technology uses the second most abundant element on earth to harness the limitless energy of the sun

DEPENDABLE SYSTEM

solar systems are an extremely reliable source of power, especially when using Sopris Solar. By using our Suniva Panels and Solar Edge inverters and DC optimizer, your system comes with a 25-year warranty so you don’t have to worry about receiving consistent energy over the lifetime.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

By utilizing solar energy, you’re significantly reducing CO2 emissions and thereby contributing to a much healthier environment.

TAX CREDIT AND INCENTIVES

Because solar power has so many benefits the government adamantly encourages participation by offering tax credits, rebates, and other incentives

INCREASED HOME VALUE

Research has shown that for each kilowatt of energy installed, the value of your home increases upwards of $5,000.

LOW MAINTENANCE

Once panels have been installed, there’s nothing else you need to worry about during the lifetime of your system

COMBAT INCREASING ELECTRICITY COSTS

With the costs of electricity rising at an alarming rate, it’s even more important for you to rely on your energy production. By investing in solar panels, you can avoid exorbitant increases in your energy bill and save even more.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MOVEMENT

By utilizing the power of the sun – a natural energy source, you’re contributing to a shift in energy use that can be sustained over time.

— Ways TO PAY —

Purchase

When you choose to purchase your solar power from Sopris Solar, you get the lowest price per kilowatt. You also qualify for the ITC (Investment Tax Credit) from the government. The ITC is a tax credit on your federal taxes equivalent to 30% of the price you paid for your solar installation and associated costs required for the installation. Milestone payments are required throughout the project process and all payments must be made by the time of receiving Permission to Operate. Included with your purchase are product warranties (fulfilled by the manufacturers) and the Sopris Solar’s 25-year Workmanship warranty. Typically, our customers experience a return-on-investment in as little as 5 years. Purchased solar has been shown to increase home value approximately $6,000/kilowatt.

Loan

Financing a solar installation is a good option for homeowners that do not have the money required for an upfront purchase. With Sopris Solar’s loan options through finance partners like Mosaic Solar, Dividend Solar, and Greensky Financing, homeowners can “purchase” their solar for no money down. Loans are repaid with a fixed monthly cost and low interest. In addition, many homeowners may also go to their local lender to obtain a home equity line of credit or refinance and obtain funds for the system. Homeowners can still benefit from the ITC, making loans a very appealing offer. Like a purchase, the homeowner is protected with product warranties (fulfilled by the manufacturers) and the Sopris 25-year Workmanship warranty. Instead of a high electric bill from the utility each month, customers have a lower-cost loan payment for their solar. The loan is transferrable or can be bought out

SOLAR FINANCING OPTIONS

At Sopris Solar, we offer a number of solar financing options.  Each one of our financing partners has been fully vetted and offer varying interest rates and loan programs to suit each homeowner’s specific financing needs.

 

 

Frequently Asked Financing Questions

Is there a minimum credit score requirement?

The minimum credit score is 650. Some of our financing partners offer the ability to use co-signer for an application.

What solar energy rebates and incentives are available in Colorado?

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on your utility provider. The most significant is the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives.

How do I choose the best financing options?

At Sopris, we offer several financing options to choose from. The terms and the interest rates vary according to your needs and each one of our lenders has different credit criteria to suit your current economic situation. To choose the best solar loan for you, speak with your solar consultant to go over each option.

If I pay off the loan early, do I still owe interest and is there any prepayment penalties?

You can pay off the loan amount at any point and you’ll only pay for interest that has already accrued. None of our loan products have any prepayment penalties.

Is there an annual escalation on the loan?

Will I still receive a bill from my utility company?

Custom Solar Energy Experience

Step 1

A member of our team sits down with you to explain the benefits of solar energy. No games, no pressure—just honest answers to your questions.

Step 2

Our experts take a look at how much electricity you use. If our program is the right fit, we will design a custom system for your home.

Step 3

Our permit team, operations team, and licensing experts take care of every single permit for the system, then install your panels and have them inspected.

Step 4

Sit back and catch those rays with the peace of mind that you are saving money and doing your part to help the environment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLAR


We understand that converting to solar power is a big decision as a homeowner, and it requires a bit of research. That’s why at Sopris Solar, we make it our priority to provide you with all of the information you need to make your solar decision.

Check our top FAQs to get your questions answered

 


Spend less on power. Get solid ROI

Energize your home with a green ethos that fits in with the community. Home solar power systems make it happen.