Solar Power

                    

Why Solar?

With a solar electric system, the sun provides clean energy with no fuel costs.  Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight directly into electricity, saving money and energy.  They are easy to maintain and do not produce any noise or pollution.  With solar energy, a property owner can:

  • Reduce electric utility bills
  • Increase the property's value
  • Reduce carbon footprints and help protect the environment

 Getting Started - Things to Consider

PV installation and Net metering Application approval process

When installing a system within the Town limits of Estes Park, the solar contractor must have or obtain the proper business license from the Town Clerk. Refer to this database for information on contractors already licensed to install solar systems within the Town limits or contact the Town Clerk's office at 970-577-4777.

If the property is located within the Town limits, a building permit must be obtained from the Estes Park Building Division.

If the property is outside the Town limits, a permit must be obtained from the appropriate county office: 
Larimer County building permit information
Boulder County building permit information

Zoning Approval

Please note, that though the end of March installations in the Estes Valley and outside Town limits will also need to submit a Zoning Approval application through the Town's Community Development office.
After April 1, 2020, Larimer County Zoning approval will be required for ground-mounted solar systems. Customers installing a ground-mounted system will need to submit a site plan showing the location of the ground-mounted system with the building permit application. It will be routed it to the Larimer County planning department. Roof mount systems will not need zoning approval.

The owner of the site of installation will be required to enter into an Agreement for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Customer Generation System (also referred to as a net metering agreement) with the Town of Estes Park. The regulations and requirements set forth in the net metering agreement and the Town's Renewable Energy Policy-Net Metering must be followed and adhered to.

Completed interconnection application packets must be submitted via email to solarpower@estes.org. Incomplete packets will not be processed for approval until all required information is provided.

After installation is complete, the new system must be inspected by the State Electrical Inspector. Upon receipt of the meter release from the State Electrical Inspector, Town staff will perform a final inspection and finalize the net metering agreement for CO/PTO approval. Please note that the installation should not be operational until Power & Communications has signed Exhibit B and returned the finalized agreement to the customer as the PTO.

Check with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies for their  DORA - PV Submittal Guidelines.

Battery-retrofit of existing solar systems

Customers retrofitting their existing solar systems with battery systems are required to submit a new Interconnection agreement with updated system plans to Light & Power prior to installation and operation. 

 

Additional resources:  USDept of Energy Consumer's Guide and www.energy.gov.

For more information or questions, contact us at solarpower@estes.org or call Sarah Clark, Light & Power Administrative Assistant, at 970-577-3627.