Imagine tapping into the boundless free energy of the sun to provide electricity, heat and cooling across Colorado. Imagine using solar energy to warm or power at least one in every five buildings. Imagine building a culture in which solar energy is the first choice. Imagine communities around our state achieving energy independence and eliminating harmful air pollution from burning fossil fuels.

When we envision generating enough energy to power a million solar roofs in Colorado by 2030, we are talking about a ten-fold increase in the amount of solar already installed in our state.

Currently, Colorado has nearly 300 megawatts of solar thermal and solar electric systems installed on more than 10,000 homes and businesses. We want to set the stage to scale up our use of the sun’s energy from niche market to mainstream source. A ten-fold increase would represent about 3 Gigawatts of solar and if we can generate more- so much the better.

The marketplace – and smart policy – will decide what share is contributed by all the different kinds of solar energy. We support them all: Utility-scale projects generating electricity through photovoltaics and concentrating solar power; Heat and cooling through solar thermal technologies; Commercial and industrial projects both on roofs and in large arrays; Residential projects both at homes and in community scale solar projects. As a state we just need to decide to Go Solar Colorado!

You can help make this vision a reality by joining the Million Solar Roofs campaign. The goal is provide about 3 Gigawatts of solar energy in Colorado by 2030 through a combination of photovoltaic electric systems and solar thermal heating and cooling systems. We want to encourage and enable solar energy of all kinds and all sizes—from small arrays on homes to large utility-scale projects, and from community solar gardens to industrial rooftop projects.

The time is ripe to launch this bold initiative to dramatically increase our use of solar energy.

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Read the new Environment Colorado report on achieving this goal:

A Million Solar Roofs for Colorado: A Big, Bold Plan to Protect Our Environment and Grow Our Economy