Closed to new members

Boulder County Solar Co-op

The co-op is open to residents within Boulder County.

437 members of 500 member goal

Registration closes on December 31, 2023

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Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

How does a co-op work?

How much does solar cost? How much can you save?

Xcel Energy

United Power

Poudre Valley R E A

Longmont Power & Communications

Estes Park Power & Communications

Town of Lyons Electric, Water & Sanitation

Boulder County Solar Co-op selects Smart Wave Solar to serve group

Thursday, November 9, 2023

The Boulder County Solar Co-op has selected Smart Wave Solar to install solar panels for the group which now includes more than 250 members. Smart Wave Solar was chosen through a competitive bidding process over five other firms. The group will hold its final public information session over Zoom on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Representatives from Smart Wave Solar will be in attendance to answer questions.

Co-op members selected Smart Wave Solar because of their competitive pricing, variety and quality of components offered, and a strong workmanship warranty, among many other factors.

Smart Wave Solar will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Information session details
Wednesday, November 15
6 p.m. MST
RSVP here

Boulder County Solar Co-op releases RFP, announces info sessions

Friday, September 22, 2023

The 140-member Boulder County Solar Co-op has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The co-op’s sponsors are Boulder County, City of Boulder, Town of Erie, the City of Lafayette, City of Louisville, Town of Lyons, Town of Nederland, and Town of Superior.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP here. Boulder County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page.

The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

The group also announced it will host two information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Boulder County Solar 101
October 25, 2023 at 5:30pm
Boulder Public Library – Main Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
RSVP here

Boulder County Solar 101
November 15, 2023 at 6pm
Zoom webinar
RSVP here



Co-op launched
September 18, 2023

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Installer selected

Co-op members selected Smart Wave Solar to be the group's installer through an open and competitive bidding process.

The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op participant.

Co-op organizer

Tanner Simeon-Cox
Colorado Program Director
Solar United Neighbors of Colorado

Tanner is excited to build community and create change as Solar United Neighbors’ Colorado Program Director. Through his background in education and community organizing, Tanner is driven to build power toward a democratic energy system that works for everyone. Tanner’s East Tennessee roots and time spent in Chicagoland have deeply influenced his passion for bridging rural and urban communities.

Tanner is based in Colorado Springs with his wife Hannah. In his free time, you can find Tanner cheering on the Volunteers, hiking, or reading.

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