Calculate costs, benefits of going solar

With solar installations and solar financing options continuing to grow in the state, Colorado State University Extension has developed an online calculator that provides costs and benefits for those considering taking the leap.

The calculator goes beyond existing estimators by allowing for rooftop or ground mount arrays, loan interest rates, monthly lease payments, utility incentives, maintenance and other realistic inputs to be analyzed. The calculator also provides numerous default values to allow for simpler use as desired.

Results include costs, savings, payback, return-on-investment, a 20-year cash flow statement and optional comparison of purchasing versus leasing a system. The solar calculator is located at

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