With 266 days of sunshine per year, 61 more than the national average, the Durango area is abundant with Colorado solar energy. West Dalton Ranch, located in the center of the magnificent Animas Valley, is blessed with this abundant sunshine in addition to the stunning views and close-knit golf community. West Dalton Ranch is a great location to take advantage of solar power, saving you money 365 days a year.

Solar-generated power is expanding in both practicality and affordability every year. Investopedia reports that the United States installed 19.2 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2020 alone, bringing the national capacity to a level capable of powering 17.7 million homes. According to Forbes, the average American family spends approximately $1,450 on electricity annually and utility rates increase by roughly 2.2% each year, so Americans living in areas with moderate to high utility costs will likely see substantial savings over the lifetime of their solar panels. 

Although solar energy may not be available or practical everywhere, Colorado in general, and the Animas Valley in particular, are locations where you can capitalize on this ever-evolving energy source. Durango’s local energy coop, La Plata Electric Association, offers many resources for homeowners looking to add solar energy capabilities to their homes or upcoming home construction. In addition, the state of Colorado offers the  Colorado Power Payback Program. When eligible for this program, homeowners can apply to have new solar systems installed for their homes at no cost. This can then offset monthly utility bills and the excess electricity produced can go into the main energy grid, creating energy credits for that utility customer.

When deciding if solar is a viable option, you’ll want to make sure to consider a few factors. As previously mentioned, the average amount of sunlight your home will receive throughout the year is very important. Shade from trees, ridgelines etc. will also be critical to assess during your evaluation process. Other important factors to consider when deciding if solar is right for you are the overall electricity use in your home and the cost of utilities from your provider. 

La Plata Electric Association offers resources for those with an interest in solar, from education to installation. You can calculate the necessary data for your home and energy needs and if solar is an option for you, they also provide a list of installation professionals that they recommend through their Qualified Solar Installer Program. All LPEA qualified installers are NABCEP-certified professionals. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certificate is the most respected, well-established national certification for renewable energy professionals. 

In addition to these benefits and resources, LPEA has been a reliable leader in Colorado’s renewable energy programs and the CEO, Jessica Matlock, has been nominated as a top three finalist for the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s 2022 Utility Transformation Leader of the Year award.

One of the most incredible amenities of living in West Dalton Ranch is the natural resources of the surrounding environment, and abundant sunshine is certainly on that list. With a solar-capable home, in addition to being a member of our premier golf community, you can maximize your return on investment and save money 365 days a year. 

Contact Team North Star to learn more about the lots available in West Dalton Ranch.