myLocal Solar Program

Our place, your power.

myLOCAL Solar is PVREA’s Community Solar program that allows members to subscribe to the output of solar panels at Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm. 
 
Instead of going through the hassle of putting solar on your roof or having to come up with large sums of money for upfront costs, be a part of your co-op’s community solar farm. The energy produced by your subscribed solar panels will be credited to your monthly bill. Easy, convenient, and hassle-free.
 

The cost:

One-time Initial Payment: $48/ panel
Monthly Subscription Fee: $3.55/panel
 

Apply today!

There are 3 easy steps to start receiving local solar credits:

1. Complete and sign the myLocal Solar Program Application & Agreement.

Submit your application by printing and mailing in the application, email it in or fill out the online application. PVREA will notify you within 10-15 days of the status of your application.

Poudre Valley REA
Attn: myLocal Solar
PO Box 272550
Fort Collins, CO 80528

email: mylocalsolar@pvrea.com

 

2. Make the One-time initial payment through your electric bill. 

Your initial payment will be billed on your electric bill once the program has started. 

3. Start receiving your local solar credits!

Your monthly bill will reflect your solar subscription cost and subscription credit, directly on your electric bill. 


 

Program Details

 

View the Guidebook

 


What are the benefits? 

It's for everyone.

  • Shaded roof, live in an apartment or other obstacles? Community solar allows all PVREA members to participate in renewable energy, regardless of the set-up of their home or where they live.
  • Perfect for renters who want solar energy.

It's flexible and affordable.

  • Coming together to build one, large central project reduces installation costs.
  • Sizing is flexible—members can choose their level of interest to fit their budget.
  • No obligation—members can opt out at any time.
  • Members can save money throughout the life of the program.

It's easy.

  • No hassling with maintenance—we’ll take care of that!
  • No equipment at your home or business—these solar panels are centrally located and highly efficient to get the most out of the sun’s potential.
  • See the credits and savings right on your electric bill. 

It's local.

  • Your panels are located right in our community—the Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm is at the Larimer County Landfill.
  • This solar project was put together by your fellow co-op members, neighbors, and others from the community.

 


Can't afford it? Apply for the PV for All program.

PVREA has partnered with GRID Alternatives and the Colorado Energy Office to provide access for solar energy to all PVREA members regardless of income level through the PV for All program.  Income guidelines vary by county and the number of people in the household. Learn more here.

 


How do I participate and how much does it cost? 

One-time Initial Payment: $48/ panel
Monthly Subscription Fee: $3.55/panel

  • Members pay for their solar panel subscription directly on their electric bill each month throughout the life of the 20-year project.
  • All members still pay the monthly facilities charge to cover the cost of having 24/7 electricity available at your home and/or business.
  • PVREA is the owner and operator. The co-op uses 20% of the energy output to cover the maintenance and operation costs. Hassle-free, so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Minimum 3 panel subscription. Each panel is expected to generate 475 kilowatt-hours annually.
  • Members’ subscription can be sized up to 120% of your annual energy usage, or 25 kW per account, whichever is less.
  • Members may also purchase their solar panel subscription in a one-time payment. View the application for pricing.
  • The panels will generate 450-475 kWh per panel, per year, declining at approximately 0.5% per year.

 


How to determine your subscription size.

  1.  Determine how much energy you’ve used in the past 12 months
    1. Total each month’s kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage from the past year to figure your annual energy usage. Your kWh usage is found on your electric bill or in SmartHub.
    2. Do the math to figure how many panels you need to subscribe. Figure your annual kWh usage and divide by 475 (the anticipated yearly kWh output of each solar panel). Then multiply by the percentage of energy usage you wish to offset with local solar to figure the number of solar panels you need to subscribe.
    3. Or use the Solar Subscription Calculator located below or by using a spreadsheet here (.xls). 

The Formula:

Annual kWh usage / 475 x % of energy offset = # of panels

Example: Member John Doe used a total of 11,844 kWh in the last 12 months and wants to subscribe enough solar panels to offset his energy use 100%.  

11,844 / 475 X 100% = 25 panels

 

Calculator:

Enter your annual energy consumption and the amount of energy you wish to offset in your home. Click submit, and the calculator will determine how many panels you need to purchase.






 

Contact Us

Contact PVREA Member Relations with any questions.

Email: mylocalsolar@pvrea.com

Phone: 970-377-6651


 

PVREA's Community Solar Farms 

Highlands Community Solar Farm: In partnership with Clean Energy Collective, the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado was constructed at PVREA's headquarters in August 2012. It encompasses 494 solar panels generating 203,000 kWh per year. PVREA members purchase output from the array. This array is 100% sold out. 

Willox Community Solar Farm: In partnership with Clean Energy Collective, PVREA's second solar farm is four times larger and generates more than 1.1 million kWh per year. PVREA members purchase output from the array. This array is 100% sold out. 

Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm: Accepting applications! This 1.95-megawatt community solar farm is located at the Larimer County Landfill.