Chris – Monument, Colorado

October 18, 2022 Colorado, Homeowner stories

I’ve talked to neighbors and friends about SUN and the benefits of solar. I’m definitely an advocate now.

Chris – Monument, CO

CO Colorado Springs 2021 Solar Co-op

System size: 3.60 kW

Why did you decide to go solar?

My goal is to electrify everything. When a friend in Minnesota turned me on to Solar United Neighbors, I was excited to see that there was a co-op started in my area.

Upon reaching out, things moved quickly. Everything was so well coordinated, the selected vendor was awesome, and, most importantly, the bid was better than I was expecting. The contractor made sure that my system is ready for batter backup and EV charging, when that time comes.

The contractor had a big backlog, but I was happy to wait. A couple of months later my job was started and completed in a day and a half. I had to wait a couple of weeks for commissioning. After that, it’s been nothing but free electricity. It’s been a mild summer and I haven’t had to draw on my credits much for running the AC.

Now the tough decision is do I install a low temp heat pump or a hybrid water heater. In any case, the journey to energy independence and emission reduction is well on its way.

What was the process like for you? Did anything surprise you, or were there challenges you had to overcome?

The process went so smoothly. SUN website had lots of great information and the selected contractor was great at filling in the blanks.

Have any of your habits changed since going solar?

I’ve started running some of my appliances during the day in order to use the energy that I’m creating. I’m planning on upgrading to an induction stove, replacing my gas heating system with a heat pump, and replacing my gas water heater with a hybrid water heater. Eventually, I’ll get an EV. One step at a time.

Have you seen electricity savings since going solar? If so, what have you been able to do with that savings?

My electric bill has been “free” since going solar. My provider banks excess generation for future use, so I’m storing it up for the less sunny days of winter. The savings are helping to offset other inflationary impacts.

Have you been involved in any solar advocacy since becoming a solar owner?

I’ve talked to neighbors and friends about SUN and the benefits of solar. I’m definitely an advocate now.

What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?

It’s cheaper than you think. Don’t be afraid to get a bid and see if it works for you. Also, ask lots of questions. A good contractor should answer then and walk you through the steps.