Just finished up a new 5.8kw solar panel system in the Fort Collins PVREA service area. This system, which benefits from full sun all day and awesome orientation, will be making electricity for 7 cents a kilowatt hour for the next 25 years. That’s 22% cheaper than the retail rate from the electric utility. Although we didn’t get a rebate, even better, PVREA is net-metering the system at 9 cents a kilowatt hour. By the way, can you see Horsetooth Rock in the background?
This Efficient House Xcel Energy Award for Top Five Colorado Contractor
The communities of Fort Collins, Loveland and Longmont collectively own our own power plant, the Rawhide Power Station, located north of Fort Collins. Operated by the non-profit member owned Platte River Power Authority, it is one of the cleanest in the nation in terms of emissions. In addition, customers have the option of participating in a well established and growing home energy audit and rebate program, called Efficiency Works.
The utility offer home energy audits and rebates for energy efficient improvements, like insulation, whole house fans, furnaces, replacement windows and solar power. The audits costs homeowners about $60. The actual cost of the audit is $385 and is funded by the rate payers. A comprehensive energy audit takes about 2 hours and includes a comprehensive report detailing priorities for energy savings and comfort issues.
Homeowners can then use approved contractors who have received mandatory training and meet strict requirements for participation in the program. Rebates usually offset the total costs of improvements by 15 to 50 percent. Nearly every project is inspected for quality of workmanship and materials.
The residential efficiency program has performed over 500 home energy audits a year for the past five years and more than half of those homeowners have chosen an approved contractor, completed a project and received a rebate for improvements including: insulation, high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning, whole house fans, new windows and solar panels. The program grows every year.
A great place to start learning about the cutting edge of home energy efficiency and low-carbon climate control is our website:
Here are some useful links for Home Energy Audits and Rebates, for Insulation, Replacement Windows, Furnaces, and Solar Power, available from the following utilities when you hire an approved contractor in:
Platte river Power Authority, serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Estes Park: http://efficiencyworks.prpa.org/