IREA has received in the past several months an increasing number of customer calls relating to issues with solar installers and providers. Many of these customers have been given erroneous and misleading information regarding IREA’s policies and positions on rooftop solar installations.

We would like our customers to know IREA accepts applications for all interconnection types – including solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, recycled energy and hydrogen fuel – provided they meet the criteria set forth in our Small Generation Interconnection Procedure or Qualifying Facility Large Generator Interconnection Procedure, both of which can be found at www.IREA.coop/rates-policies/generation-interconnections.

It is important for anyone considering rooftop solar to know the following:

• IREA does not require a contract with any rooftop solar vendor for solar panel installation within our service territory. We accept any and all interconnection applications that meet the criteria listed in our aforementioned SGIP or LGIP.

• Though we have a list of solar installers with which we have worked and currently work [see sidebar], IREA does not prefer or recommend one vendor or provider over another, and we will work with installers with whom we have not previously worked. We have no referral agreements with any individual solar installers, nor do we have a “preferred” company for this type of service.

• IREA does not and cannot prohibit any solar providers from installing their products in our service territory. A representative from a rooftop solar vendor who makes statements to the contrary is misleading the customer. Customers have reported that some solar installers either blame IREA for their own company’s business decisions or misunderstand IREA’s position. There are several vendors who do install rooftop solar systems for IREA customers, and IREA willingly works with those vendors.

• We recommend that customers contact more than one provider when researching or pricing rooftop solar installations. A list of solar providers in your area can be found at www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-installers.

IREA urges customers interested in rooftop solar to contact us at (303) 688-3100, Ext. 5302, to request an information packet that includes a cover letter, list of required documents, interconnection agreement and rules and regulations. More information, including answers to frequently asked questions about generation interconnections, can be found at www.IREA.coop/rates-policies/generation-interconnections.

The following solar providers have installed systems in our service territory. Customers are not limited to vendors on this list, however, as IREA accepts any and all applications.

ARE Solar (720) 334-1928

Bestway (719) 213-1279

Buglet Solar (303) 903-9119

CCS Solar (303) 570-5404

City Electric (720) 328-5795

Complete Energy Solution (720) 670-6164

Ecomark Solar (720) 998-6505

Endurance Solar (720) 536-5297

Golden Solar (303) 955-6332

Photon Brothers (813) 442-3000

RGS Energy (303) 222-8583

Rocky Mountain Solar & Wind, (719) 330-3699

Solar Power Pros (303) 250-0682

Solar Side Up (303) 271-0656

Stellar Energy Contractors (303) 483-5661

Suntegrity (720) 809-1229

Sunlight Solar Energy (719) 663-0300