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Going Solar in the City of Durango

With close to 300 days of sunshine every year, Southwest Colorado is a great place to go solar!

City of Durango Renewable Energy Goals

Recognizing the many benefits of local clean energy, the City of Durango's Sustainability Action Plan (PDF) (SAP) set the goal of generating 25% of the City's electricity consumption via on-site renewables by 2025.

The City has installed a 19.7kWp solar PV system on the roof of the Durango - La Plata Airport Terminal building as well as aerobic digestion at the Water Reclamation Facility and Solar Thermal on the roof of the Recreation Center.

SolSmart Silver

The SAP also sets out the City's intent to promote programs that increase local renewable energy generation. In 2017, the City of Durango was awarded a Silver SolSmart designation in recognition of actions that the City has taken to make it cheaper and easier for residents and businesses to go solar. The SolSmart initiative is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy - find out more.

Solar Installations in Durango

The City of Durango receives an annual report from La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) detailing the number of net metered accounts within City Limits. This reflects the number of Solar PV systems installed behind-the-meter by LPEA members within the City of Durango.

Net Metered Accounts (2003-2016): 259
Total Installed Capacity: 1683 kW
Net metered accounts within Durango City Limits generate an estimated 2,702,898 kWh per year, equivalent to taking 431 cars off the road!

Solar Resources

Why Go Solar?
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City of Durango: Solar Permitting Checklist
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Paying for Solar
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City of Durango: Solar Ready Construction Guidelines
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How Much Could You Save?
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State of Colorado Solar Access Easements
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State of Colorado Solar Information and Policy
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Federal Tax Credit for Solar
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Durango Solar Installers

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