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Free Solar QuoteGetting a solar panel installation in Fort Collins is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. Depending on your individual setup and usage, you could enjoy electricity cost savings*. And regardless of whether you save or not, you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

That said, benefitting from solar hinges largely on hiring one of the top-notch solar companies in Fort Collins. ADT Solar is part of ADT, a well-established company that customers have trusted for over 147 years. Unlike fly-by-night solar installers that have popped up in spades recently, we’re not going anywhere. This is important because it means you can rest assured that the maintenance of your solar system will remain in our capable hands for the lifetime of your system.

What you need to know about solar energy in Fort Collins

If you’re a Fort Collins homeowner, you live in a state that’s been at the forefront of the solar energy movement. Did you know that Colorado:

  • Has installed 2,236 MW of solar
  • Currently has enough solar to power 428,899 homes
  • Has 97,670 solar installations statewide
  • Has invested $4.9 billion in solar
  • Ranks 13 nationally for solar
  • Has seen solar prices decrease 50% over the last 10 years

Source: SEIA

Speaking of expenses, the electricity rates in Fort Collins are highest when you need to use power most. That’s right, Fort Collins Light & Power enforces the city’s residents’ time-of-use (TOU) rates.

According to Light & Power, peak summer usage time in Fort Collins is May 1 – September 30, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays. Non-summer hours are weekdays from October 1 – April 30 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. If this sounds like the time of day when you’re home and need to crank up the air conditioning or heat…well, that’s because it is.

Think about how much money you could save* if you used solar energy. And you don’t even have to use it the entire day to potentially see a difference. You could start with the peak usage time.

If you’re still concerned about what it might cost to go solar, the following information about available incentives will help ease your mind.

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Fort Collins Solar Incentives, Tax Credits, & Rebates

Do you feel like going solar might be something you could get behind, but you’re hesitant because of the perceived installation costs? Fortunately, Colorado is very much pro-solar. You have a number of solar incentives on a state and federal level that’ll work in your favor.

These incentives include:

Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit

One of the most appealing incentives is the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which was given a major boost in August 2022. Thanks to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), homeowners who install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system by the end of 2032 could be eligible to claim a 30% federal income tax credit.** Solar arrays installed in 2022 before the law was passed are eligible, as well. And if you want to add a solar battery to your system, you’re in luck! The credit applies to batteries, too.

Colorado Net Metering

Fort Collins utilities give homeowners who produce excess solar energy credits on future electric bills. This process is called net metering.*** While net metering is an incentive offered across the entire state of Colorado, it’s important to note that Fort Collins uses its own rate structure. These rates are determined by on-peak and off-peak hours, meaning they change throughout the year. It’s best to speak with a Solar Energy Specialist to get more clarification on your potential to earn credits.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment

It’s safe to say that most people aren’t a fan of sales tax, especially on large purchases. Fortunately, when it comes to solar panel installation in Fort Collins CO, you won’t have to worry about it at all. The Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment prevent solar panel system purchases from getting hit with sales tax in the state of Colorado.

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Property Tax Exemption for Residential Renewable Energy Equipment

And you won’t have to pay taxes on the increased value of your home due to rooftop solar panels, either. You can thank the Property Tax Exemption for Residential Renewable Energy Equipment for this perk. Since solar panels are tax exempt, any improvement in your home’s value due to solar panels won’t affect your property taxes.

Colorado Solar/Wind Easements and Rights Law

If you live in a community that must answer to the Homeowners Association (HOA) for work done on the exterior of your home, you might assume that solar panels will be a no-go. The good news is, your right to get a rooftop solar system installed is protected by the Colorado Solar/Wind Easements and Rights Law.

City of Fort Collins Solar Rebates

Solar energy is becoming a hot commodity in Fort Collins, with over 2,400 homeowners having gone solar already. In total, these systems currently produce more than 15 megawatts of generating capacity.

Solar rebates offered by the city of Fort Collins are partly to thank for this upward trend. Homeowners who get a solar system installed can apply for rebates up to $1,000. You can read more about it on the city’s website. Homeowners should note that the final incentive dollar amount is determined by the installed design and could get reduced due to modeled performance against the optimal array orientation.

City of Fort Collins Residential Battery Storage Program

Adding a battery to your solar system allows you to power your home at night and during grid outages with stored excess solar energy. Better yet, if you’re a homeowner who lives in Fort Collins, you could also get an incentive of up to $1,500 for a new installation. Learn about eligibility requirements and get more information about this incentive on the city’s website. A Solar Energy Specialist can help you figure out the most beneficial ways to use your solar battery for your family’s needs.

Does Fort Collins Solar improve home value?

Homes that had rooftop solar energy systems sold for an average of 4% more than those without, according to a Zillow analysis. The real estate website analyzed listing descriptions and transactions between March 2018 and February 2019. This percentage translates to $9,274 for a median-valued home.

Aerial view of Fort Collins homes

A study done by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) produced similar findings. The study was conducted across eight states over a period of 15 years and analyzed 22,000 homes. It found that solar-equipped homes sold for a higher asking price than their non-solar counterparts. While the specific numbers depended on the individual home and solar system, the former homes fetched about $4 more per watt.

How much does solar installation in Fort Collins cost?

Many different factors should be considered when figuring out the cost of going solar. There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer that applies to every homeowner. Instead, you should discuss your individual situation with a Solar Energy Specialist.

Factors they’ll talk about with you include:

  • How much solar energy capacity you’ll need
  • The number of solar panels required to meet your needs
  • Whether you want to add a solar battery to your system
  • Solar incentives you’re eligible to receive
  • How much sunlight your roof receives
  • The cost of the equipment itself

And remember, as a Fort Collins homeowner, you have plenty of incentives available to you on a local, statewide and federal level to make going solar affordable!

How to Choose From the Best Solar Companies in Fort Collins

Certain characteristics distinguish skilled and reliable solar system installers from subpar ones. These characteristics include:

  • Longevity: Always go with a company that has been in business for many years over a newer company. The latter could be a fly-by-night operation that won’t be around later to service your solar array if it has issues.
  • Warranties: Speaking of getting your system serviced, a good company will offer comprehensive warranties on the equipment and workmanship. Warranties are important because they protect your investment.
  • Credentials: You wouldn’t get roofing work done on your home by a contractor who wasn’t licensed, right? Solar installations are no different. Make sure that any solar installer that makes your short list is properly licensed and insured, meets the standards imposed by the state of Colorado and has been certified as a legitimate business.
  • Advanced expertise: This almost goes without saying, but it’s critical, so we’re going to say it anyway. You should always choose a solar company that has plenty of experience in performing installations and maintaining rooftop solar systems.
    Reputation: It’s a given that most companies are going to have a few bad reviews here and there. However, if the majority of the reviews are negative and they list the same problems, steering clear of that company is probably a good idea.

ADT Solar employees installing rooftop solar panels

Trusted Fort Collins Solar Installer

The ADT Solar team are experts in solar power, roofing and energy efficiency. Backed by ADT, we bring the commitment of over 147 years of trust in home and life security to home solar energy. You can rest assured that we’ll be around to service your solar panels or battery if they encounter any issues.

ADT has become known as a trustworthy, dependable provider of security and solar solutions. When you purchase solar equipment from us, you become a part of a family that takes care of you.

Other reasons to choose ADT Solar include:

Our dedicated, skilled and experienced team installs rooftop solar in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with an ADT Solar Energy Specialist to help you figure out if going solar is the right decision for you.
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Disclaimer: *Savings vary depending on your energy consumption, system cost, home location and characteristics, and your utility’s policies.
** If you have taxable income and own the system, you may qualify for the federal investment tax credit (ITC). It is your responsibility to determine your eligibility and to apply. Consult a qualified tax professional for assistance and details.
*** Net metering and similar excess or buyback programs vary by location and utility provider and are subject to change. Rates may go up or down and the money you may save, if any, may vary. For more information about rates, contact your power company.



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