Commerce Investigation Forces COSSA To Notify PUC of Supply Disruption

(May 6, 2022) Denver, Colorado - On March 28th, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a circumvention inquiry into solar panels made in four Southeast Asian countries.  At the time, the solar industry warned that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) tariff investigation would have far-reaching impacts. Today, the Colorado Solar and Storage Association submitted … Continue reading Commerce Investigation Forces COSSA To Notify PUC of Supply Disruption

Colorado Solar and Storage Association Releases Guidelines for Local Communities to Become Utility-Scale Solar Ready

Potential for conflict between solar projects and local communities can hold back economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions reduction DENVER, Colorado (March 1, 2022) Colorado is expected to deploy around nine gigawatts of renewables by Jan 1, 2030 in order to meet its energy goals. This ambitious rollout grants many local communities the opportunity to … Continue reading Colorado Solar and Storage Association Releases Guidelines for Local Communities to Become Utility-Scale Solar Ready

Introducing COSSA’s Official Insurance Broker

After faithfully serving as COSSA’s insurance broker for years, in 2022 RSS Insurance Services will continue as the official insurance broker of the Colorado Solar and Storage Association. RSS Insurance is a third-generation family business serving the Colorado community from their office in Westminster.  As the official insurance agency of the Colorado Solar and Storage … Continue reading Introducing COSSA’s Official Insurance Broker

October Monthly Member Call with ConnectDER

COSSA's October member call was joined by Colin Mattox from ConnectDER. Colin presented on meter collars, a new technology in Colorado. Meter collars were authorized in Sen. Fenberg's legislation last summer and promise to help behind-the-meter customers in Xcel and Black Hills Energy territories avoid costly upgrades as they add solar, storage, and EVs. Review … Continue reading October Monthly Member Call with ConnectDER

In Nod to Climate Goals, State Agency Approves New Electricity Rates for Commercial Customers

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently adopted new electricity rates for Xcel Energy, modernizing rates for a large swath of Xcel’s commercial customers.  The Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) successfully argued to revamp rate structures for Xcel’s commercial customers, reversing nearly one hundred years of regulatory tradition. … Continue reading In Nod to Climate Goals, State Agency Approves New Electricity Rates for Commercial Customers

COSSA Thanks Solar and Storage Champions

During the 2021Topgolf Networking Event, COSSA recognized the achievements of several individuals whose work created valuable opportunities for the solar and storage industry in the state. Senators Stephen Fenberg & Kevin Priola passed SB21-261, which expanded net metering, required the PUC to establish incentives for energy storage, and created limited off-site virtual net-metering. Representatives Alex … Continue reading COSSA Thanks Solar and Storage Champions

DOE launches new solar permitting software to accelerate rooftop solar adoption

Today, the U.S. The Department of Energy announced the launch of a new online permitting platform to accelerate the approval of solar projects across the United States. The announcement was made during a roundtable with Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.  SolarAPP+ was developed and built by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory … Continue reading DOE launches new solar permitting software to accelerate rooftop solar adoption

2020 Regulatory Policy Wins for Solar and Storage in Colorado

COSSA intervened in the proceedings below in 2020 and secured theses wins.  Xcel’s 2020-21 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan  Community Solar Gardens capacity increased from 40 MW to 75 MW annuallyIncreased capacity in the Large program (above 500 kW) by 43% to 20MW annuallyEliminates production meter requirement for all new systems 10kW and smaller Denied PSCo’s … Continue reading 2020 Regulatory Policy Wins for Solar and Storage in Colorado