Frequently Asked Questions
What is CEC Community Solar?
Clean Energy Collective community solar enables you to own solar panels in a centralized, community-based array. As your panels produce clean electricity, you receive credits directly on your monthly electric bills for the power produced. By owning a solar power system in a community array, you can reduce or eliminate your electric bills, protect against rising prices, and experience monthly savings in place of a monthly expense.
What do I get?
You are procuring specific solar panels that are located in a community solar array that is operated and maintained by Clean Energy Collective. You will receive credit for the power produced by your panels each month on your electric bill. Ultimately you will own these panels and receive the power credits produced by the local renewable energy production for decades to come.
Is financing available?
Yes. Clean Energy Collective and Sooper Credit Union have teamed up and created the Clean Energy Loan Program, the first low-cost, long-term loan program designed exclusively for CEC customers. The Clean Energy Loan Program is the first solar panel financing program that does not require you to own your home or office building, so now everyone can own and use clean renewable energy, even renters. Click here to get started.
What is the difference between owning with the CEC and leasing from other companies?
Owning with CEC gives you almost 6x as much payback over the life of your system over leasing. Leasing incurs extra financing costs over ownership, and at the end of your lease, you don't own anything. With CEC ownership, you will always own the solar panels for their expected life of 50 years. Click here for more information on ownership vs leasing.
Do customers need to own a home or building to participate?
No. This is one of the many benefits of owning solar with Clean Energy Collective. There is nothing to install or change about your home. Anyone with a Colorado Springs Utilities electric bill can save money with local, clean solar power.
Do I have to file apply for rebates or file with the IRS tax credits?
No. CEC takes care of everything so that you don't have the hassle of filling out tax credit forms or rebate applications. CEC takes advantage of the rebates and tax credits, passing on the savings to you for a hassle-free experience, year after year. Most importantly you won't have to come up with the additional out-of-pocket costs and then wait around for your rebate and tax credits to come back to you.
Can I buy more panels later?
Absolutely - as long as panels are available. At any time, Clean Energy Collective customers may purchase as many panels as it takes to offset their electric bills.
What happens if I move?
You have many options, including:
  • Have your panels' credits applied to your new CSU account with just a phone call
  • Resell your panels with your home or separately
  • Donate your ownership to a local non-profit
  • Gift your system to a family member
How is the credit to my monthly utility bill determined?
Your solar panels are part of an array that shares one production meter. You will be credited for your system's production at a pro-rata share of the entire array's output.
When will my system have paid for itself?
CEC estimates that the average system will pay for itself in 12.9 years, but with options to sell your panels should you have to, owning panels for less than that time can still be financially beneficial.
What is the lifetime of the system?
Thanks to our Maintenance and Operation Program, our equipment will last longer and produce more power than the average rooftop PV system. CEC maintenance program for your panels covers production over 50 years!
How can I monitor my panels' performance?
As a CEC customer, you can log on to your My Own Clean Energy account via the CEC website and smartphone app. There you can see your system's information, review your customer documents, and access real-time information about your portion of the array's production, bill credits, and positive environmental impact.
How can customers pay for their ownership in the CEC?
The CEC accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.