In 2015 the Colorado Energy Office had one megawatt of low-income community solar. By 2021, they expect to have between 22-25 megawatts. For a three kilowatts share, which is about the average, a customer will see annual electricity bill savings of around $400-600. About 30% of households in Colorado are ‘energy burdened’, meaning that they spend more than 4% of their annual income on utility bills—and about of third of those are spending more than 10%. Community solar projects can alleviate some of this energy inequality. From the utility providers’ perspective, if they are willing to front the capital, the return on investment is in the 8-10 year range, and the lifetime of these systems is more than double that, at 20-25 years. Moreover, much of the work done by the Colorado Energy Office has been to make the regulatory changes that mean utilities and low-income customers will pursue community …
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