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Solarize Our Community!

Solarize Archuleta 

Solarize Archuleta was initiated based on the success of Solarize La Plata in 2014, with requests by residents in Archuleta County for 4CORE to facilitate a similar campaign in La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) District 1 territory.

The Solarize model capitalizes on the power of a community-wide effort to motivate residents by offering savings through a limited-time opportunity and remove common market barriers. The time-limited offer provides a simple process and package solutions for homeowners who would like to go solar but were not able to previously afford the costs or were intimidated by the process.

4CORE initiated the process with a community presentation on April 16, 2015 in Pagosa Springs to gauge interest by residents for a solarize campaign and the commitment to increase the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Archuleta County. 

Sunshine Report

  • Engaged: Over 123 people interested in solar
  • Interested signed up: 115 people 
  • Contracts: 30
  • Installations Complete: 13 
  • Currently producing: 256,230 kWh of electricity per year
  • $30,747 of electricity bill savings
  • .041 metric tons of carbon dioxide saved per year

Read the Launch Article Here

CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery

What is a Solarize Campaign? 

The Department of Energy (DOE) Solarize campaign is a grassroots effort to increase the number of solar electric (PV) installations in a focused neighborhood or community.  Using community volunteers, active local government and a local non-profit as the Project Manager, the program capitalizes on the purchasing power of a community and motivates the residents by offering significant savings through a limited-time bulk purchase opportunity that also removes other common market barriers. 

Case studies in other communities have shown a 20 - 40% discount on solar installations for participants. In addition, it would provide jobs and spur the market for ongoing growth in the local solar industry. 

Funding efforts during this first Solarize campaign could help create a sustainable funding source for future Solarize campaigns in other communities such as Bayfield or Cortez.

Common Solarize Campaign Steps

Step 1a: Develop Partnerships and Initiate Planing (Months 1-3)
Step 1b: Build Database and Customer Interface (Months 1-3)
Step 2: Volunteer Recruitment (Months 1-2)
Step 3: Request for Proposal (RFP) Process (Months 2-3)
Step 4: Outreach and Education (Months 4-6)
Step 5: Customer Enrollment (Months 4-6)
Step 6: Site Assessments by Solar Installer(s) (Months 4-6)
Step 7: Solar Installations! (Months 5-9)
Step 8: Celebrate and Reflect (Month 9)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, small businesses (10 kW systems or smaller)

You can help by signing up to participate in Solarize Archuleta, by encouraging your friends and neighbors to learn about the program, by volunteering with the steering committee and/or by gathering a group of co-workers or neighbors to hear a presentation about the Solarize program. Call 970-259-1916 to request a presentation.

No. 30 homes is our GOAL. We would be happy to solarize more!
These prices are samples and are meant to give you an idea of pricing. Your system price may be more or less, depending on your home's specific needs:

3 kW - $11,400 gross, $7,350 net
4 kW - $14,600 gross, $9,380 net
6 kW - $21,000 gross, $13,440 net

net-  after LPEA renewable energy credit (REC) and 30 percent Federal income tax credit;


  • Financial incentives include a $300 per kilowatt La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) renewable energy credit (REC) and a 30 percent Federal income tax credit on the REC-credit reduced cost of the system.  
  • A PV solar system also reduces dependence on fossil fuel-powered power plants by providing you and your neighbors with clean, sun-powered electrical energy. 


None; the majority of these systems are La Plata Electric Association grid-tied, net-metered systems. 

No. We have not committed to any programs other than the current Solarize effort.

We ask that you do not request a specific contractor/installer. We ask that you work with the contractor that is assigned to you. However, if you have an issue, you can always asked to be re-assigned. We are not offering this program with any installer outside of the program.

Our contractors will be installing the same quality of components and workmanship of systems and giving equitable pricing. We are working for fair distribution. 
No. There is no cost or obligation until you accept and/or negotiate a proposal with one of the solar contractors.

This is a great deal!  The system prices are below market and local businesses benefit directly from your participation in Solarize.

The solar installer will give you a proposal based on your electric use and needs. The base system prices are simply a reference point for you to get an idea of system prices, but we will customize your system to your needs.
Abraham Solar
Dobson Solar Power
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First Reduce, Then Produce
Before going solar, it makes sense to ensure your home is energy efficient. For example, you don't want to install a large solar PV system and then change out all your lighting, insulate or air seal and find you didn't need such a big system.

A home energy assessment lets you know what areas you should prioritize to make your home more efficient before going solar. Find a list of contractors here and schedule an assessment before you go solar.
Previous Southwest Colorado Solarize Campaigns

Solarize La Plata was limited-time offer that provided the right solar photovoltaic system
for homes and financing options to help generate electricity.

Find more pictures of installations and the campaign here  

Solarize Final Report 

Find out about history, approach, results and challenges of the program.