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 property's value
- Reduce carbon footprints and help protect the environment
There are several requirements which must be followed by property owners installing a PV system for their home or business within the service area of Estes Park Light & Power Division.
- 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 list 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.
- A building permit must be obtained from the Estes Park Building Division if the property is located within the Town limits. 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.
- 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.
- After installation is complete, the new system must be inspected by the State Electrical Inspector and the Estes Park Light & Power Division.