Residential solar power continues to spread in Colorado
The rate at which residents are installing solar panels on their roofs and other areas of their homes is rising in Mesa County, Colorado, according to an upcoming report performed by industry leaders.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, as many as 15 residential and commercial solar photovoltaic systems are being installed every week – more than double the weekly amount the group reported last year. At this pace, the overall number of installations in 2012 is expected to be twice as high as in 2011.
The media outlet stated that the huge increase in installations can be traced back to a leasing program that allows residential customers to pay for the system on a monthly basis, as opposed to one large, upfront expense. Lou Villaire, of Grand Valley Solar Center and Atlasta Solar, stated the program has had an enormous effect on solar installations, and likened it to the shift away from landlines and toward cell phones.
"You can now get the same amount of electricity [from solar] and pay less for it," he said.
According to the the Solar Energy Industries Association, since 2009, photovoltaic capacity in Colorado has increased by 152 megawatts – the fifth largest increase in that period in the country.