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Solar Affordability Program


The Solar Affordability Program (SAP) is an educational energy efficiency program that provides monthly solar bill credits, typically ranging from $20-$30, for income-qualified electric customers.

In 2016, Utilities partnered with GRID Alternatives to install a rooftop solar array on a City-owned building at 518 N. Loomis Ave. The electricity produced by this array is used to provide the bill credits to qualifying customers.

Throughout the yearlong program, the solar array will generate energy that will be attributed to selected participants in the form of a bill credit. In addition to the credit, Utilities will guide participants through a series of free energy education classes and work with other organizations to provide home efficiency upgrades designed to permanently reduce energy use and costs.

What Should Participants Expect if Enrolled in the Program?

Participants will be enrolled in the program and receive bill credits for one year. In exchange, you will be required to participate in free energy education classes and home efficiency upgrade opportunities that are designed to help reduce your bill even further. The time commitment is approximately 10-20 hours annually, which may include filling out progress reports and surveys, attending classes and participating in home efficiency audits.

How Is the Bill Credit Determined?

Monthly credits will vary depending on the previous month’s energy production of the solar array and the customer’s electric rate. To determine the bill credit amount, the solar generation will be divided by the number of SAP participants.

Do I Need to Own My Own Home to Apply?

No. Renters can apply with permission from their landlord or property manager.

For more information: 970-221-6847 or c2FwQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.