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Closed to new members

Uncompahgre Solar Co-op

Open to residents of San Miguel County

93 members of 75 member goal

Co-op closes to new members on May 1, 2022

Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

Consulta nuestro FAQ para más información sobre la tecnología solar y el proceso de comprar e instalar su sistema solar.

How does a co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

Watch a recorded session for general information on solar, how co-ops work, and what to expect if you join.

How much does solar cost? How much can you save?

* Incentive available to first 20 Mountain Village residents who join the co-op. Mountain Village residents living in deed-restricted housing may qualify for up to $5,000 in total rebates. Residents of unincorporated San Miguel County may qualify for additional rebates.

** Customer of SMPA on General Service – Nondemand rate schedule; 0.5% annual inflation of utility’s price per kWh; year one utility rate of $0.134725/kWh; solar array oriented due south (180 degrees of azimuth); 20 degrees of pitch; roof-mounted array with premium modules; 20% system losses; insolation value of 1,455/kWh/kW/yr; 0.5% annual panel degradation rate per year.

Additonal rebates: The first ten members under contract who are San Miguel County residents that live in a deed restricted home outside the town limits of Telluride will be eligible for a $500 rebate on the cost of  installing solar on their home. EcoAction Partners offers non-income qualified  rebates for energy audits and energy efficient  appliances for all San Miguel Power Association  (SMPA) customers as well as income-qualified  energy audits and weatherization subsidies from  Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE)  program.

Co-op organizer

Bryce Carter
Colorado Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.

I have been a community organizer and environmental advocate for more than a decade. I launched the Colorado Ready for 100 campaign, which supported a successful movement for the state and its utilities to become national leaders for renewable energy. I work throughout Colorado, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!

I love seeing fellow Coloradans harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

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