The Three County Solar + Storage Study and Action Plan builds on longstanding efforts in the three counties to accelerate locally produced clean energy and to meet goals set by local governments, electric utilities and the state of Colorado. While much of the additional clean energy will come from large-scale projects outside the region, a significant share of electricity demand could be met by locally sited community-scale and smaller net-metered systems. This would avoid long-distance transmission costs and benefit the regional economy; coupling it with battery storage delivers further benefits to consumers and utilities.
The report includes:
- An inventory of energy use and current solar production in the three-county region
- Detailed analysis of the technical and market potential of community-scale solar and residential/commercial rooftop solar
- Quantification of the value to the regional economy of local employment, energy cost savings, project installation costs, and long-term revenues from operations and maintenance, property tax revenues and land leases
- Analysis of other benefits such as reduced carbon emissions, power supply resilience and enhanced native vegetation
- A comprehensive action plan with recommendations for financing, capacity building, regulatory and infrastructure improvements, land use practices, tax policies and incentives, economic development support, and training.