About Solar

Solar is a new technology, and it is a new industry that is growing in popularity.  We noticed with each passing year people are becoming more comfortable with the notion of going solar, but still, there are a few hurdles that we need to overcome.  Sometimes you need to believe it before you see it. We are passionate about solar and excited about how it makes sense for Colorado residents. It will pencil out and we can demonstrate how the numbers will work in your favor. Utility energy is more expensive than solar energy by a lot! For the most part, it is about educating you and providing the information so that you see it too.

Solar 101: Let's Get Started!

From our partners at EnergySage are some very well done, timeless videos that cover the topics most people ask about:

John & Patty Solar Installation in Evergreen, CO - Sean and Noah unloading the truck

The five steps to a solar Installation

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The Cost

Understanding the Cost

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Net Meter

How does net metering work?

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How do I claim solar on my taxes?

How do I claim the solar tax credit?

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Leo and Alex, Solar Side Up, Solar Commisssioning, Thornton, CO

2023 - Our Recommendations

  1. Don't wait to Save Money - The Utility's Electric Bill is more expensive and Time-of-Use rates are coming!
  2. There is still a 30% of your project - That's getting money back as a Tax Credit.
  3. Increase your property value
  4. Finance through our credit unions and get the advantages of using a Member bank. Don't get taken to the bank on investor-backed solar loans!
  5. We can expect inventory issues, permitting slow down - Municipalities getting overwhelmed with permits, and Utilities being bogged down too. Start Early!

Hot Topics

  1. The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for Solar has been extended by Congress with the CARES ACT passed December 2020.
  2. COVID-19 Announcement: We are working remotely and offering online video conferencing / web conferencing consultations through Zoom and other applications.
  3. Time of Use Pricing is Coming!! Time of Use or Time of Day pricing is becoming more widely adopted by Colorado Utilities. Fort Collins homeowners will have to pay three times more during peak hours - Ft. Collins Solar Rebates. Xcel Energy starts July 1, 2021 Xcel Energy How Time of Use Rates Work
  4. Batteries are expensive, but we are installing Enphase Ensemble offering "Always On" capabilities to homeowners! Learn more about Enphase Ensemble with your trusted local solar company!  We are a favorite solar provider in Colorado!

Need help? Book a Call!

Navigating all the information about solar is time-consuming. We appreciate that you are doing your research and we want to discuss it with you.

Solar Side Up Solar Install at Atlas Real Estate Denver
Geoff Solar Install at Atlas Real Estate Denver
Solar Install by Solar Side Up - Evergreen, CO

Locally Known, Trusted, Experienced, Engaged, and Growing

Solar Side Up is a solar energy integrator, specializing in residential and commercial solar electric systems.  We are your provider in expert design and installation for systems ranging from 3KW to 500 KW.  We pride ourselves in helping to find custom solutions for your unique energy needs.

We sell solar panels, inverters, and racking for residential and commercial installations. Our industry contacts and connections help to purchase these items at the best prices. This enables us to then pass on the best pricing to you!

We can help you with assistance in obtaining the most current utility rebates and tax incentives. This helps solar pay for itself in a very short time while providing years of clean energy for your home or business.

We focus on providing high-quality turn-key solar electric solutions to customers throughout Colorado. Our solar panels come with a standard warranty and we design all of our systems to provide virtually maintenance-free solar electrical generation system for years to come.

We offer site evaluations and would be happy to visit your home or office to explain the benefits of going with Solar Side Up.

With utility costs rising each year, now is the time to lock in your electric costs for the next several decades.


The team at Solar Side Up is very friendly and helpful. Michael walked me through the process of getting financed, and was flexible with us as we got everything in order. The system is working great, installation went smoothly, and I trust that I can reach out whenever I have questions. 

— Kyle J. (Google Review)

"We had a great experience buying from Solar Side Up. They handled all the permitting and inspection, helped us get financing, and the installation was done a month sooner than promised. The staff were helpful and responsive, and answered all the questions we had."

— Scott F. (Google Review)

After researching solar installers and equipment, Solar Side Up provided me with a state of the art system that has performed perfectly since its installation in Sept. 2020. Worked with Jeff, Geoff and the installer Satchel, who all are excellent, highly knowledgeable and were very responsive to all my questions. Design and installation of the system maximized solar production with their placement. SSU coordinated all necessary permits and I was pleased when Xcel connected my system very quickly upon completion. Monitoring production with Enphase app provides all the information that any energy ‘nerd’ would love having, but SSU also monitors output of its customers as an extra bonus. My neighbors love the clean look of the solar panels and their installation, hoping to also benefit from our sunny climate with green power. Would highly recommend the team at SSU if you are investigating a solar system!

— Howard B. (Google Review)

Everyone at Solar Side Up is wonderful to work with, you are their #1 priority. Michael has gone above and beyond and has fixed our issues that we had from dealing with Solar USA. I would recommend Solar Side Up to anyone in CO who wants to go solar.

— Samantha W. (Google Review)

We recently had solar panels installed at our home by Solar Side Up and everything about the entire process went perfectly and without any difficulty or problems. I did a lot of research prior to our install and Solar Side checked off all my concerns, they are knowledgeable, experienced, use the latest solar technology and their price is very competitive. They took care of the entire permitting process. I needed the panels up before the end of the year for the my tax rebate and they promised and met the year end deadline. I highly recommend Solar Side Up for anyone interested in adding solar to their home.

— Tom D. (Google Review)

Love this company. From our very first meeting Michael was easy to deal with and answered all of my questions...which were many. The panels were installed quickly and without a mess. Geoff the engineer even sat and had coffee with me after my final inspection. Great product for a great price! Highly recommend.

— Ashley L. (Google Review)

Solar Side Up took care of all the details, and followed up at every step to guide me through the process. Everything went very smoothly, the installer was quick, and they guided me through the loan process and the rebate application. I'm very happy with my solar panel system!

— Greta V. (Google Review)

Solar Side Up installed our system in 2014, worked hard to do a ground mount that other contractors wouldn’t do, as our metal roof wouldn’t take a solar array. Recently I discovered one of the micro inverters had failed. SSU ordered the replacement part and walked me through the (easy) replacement so I’m back at full power!

— Doug B. (Google Review)

Solar Side Up installed our solar panels in 2016 and it is by far the best investment we've every made to control our energy costs. Having moved from Texas to Colorado, we wanted to take full advantage of the 300 days of sun here. We purchased the system so that any future homeowners would not have issues associated with leases, and we also took full advantage of the 30% energy credits. Our energy bills in Texas easily averaged over $500 per month. Since installing our system, our energy bills are under $50 per month, and most of our bill is for gas heat charges.

Solar Side Up did a tremendous job with the installation when other companies told us our roof line would not produce enough results to warrant the expense. Our system allows us to monitor it via our phone or laptop (24/7), and we receive monthly production reports detailing the output and performance.

I would highly recommend Solar Side Up if you are considering a solar system for your home. They are tremendous people and pride themselves on delivering outstanding service.

— Dwight C. (Google Review)

*Update* The Solar Side Up guys installed my system 5 years ago and it has been working great! Now we needed our roof replaced and their team handled start to finish my solar removal, my roof replacement, reinstalling my solar and my new solar system upgrades as well. I’m getting a great tax credit with their help. They scheduled the work right in sync between solar and roofing and then solar and upgrades. Start to finish in about two weeks. Couldn’t be happier and I highly recommend them. Nobody will work on my roof and solar but Solar Side Up!

Jeff installed our solar system in 2014, and we have been nothing but thrilled! The installation was timely, tidy and professional. Jeff provided us all of the paperwork for us to get our tax credits and to deal with the electric company and roof inspection (req'd by the County). The system was sized properly, and we get a utility refund yearly. Thanks Jeff and Solar Side-Up.

— Loni G. (Google Review)