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Happy Holidays from our Independent Power family to yours! This holiday season might mean many things to you. The kids coming home from school, family gathering from near and far, Christmas carols, dazzling light shows, shopping for last minute gifts and the smell of cookies fresh from the oven, just to name a few. Some of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit are making Peppermint Saltine Toffee Bark for our neighbors, visiting one of the many vibrant light shows in Denver or Bozeman, and for those of us in the Front Range, going to the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club's Annual Ice Show in Westminster CO. If it's not on your list yet, The Denver Botanical Gardens Blossoms of Light show has evolved into a blockbuster, sellout event celebrated as one of the top holiday light displays in the world. And recently they converted all of the lights from incandescent to LED - making this festive holiday tradition much more eco-friendly!

Excel Energy is Raising Rates - Again

After recently increasing natural gas pricing 54% and tripling peak TOU rates Excel Energy is now going to raise electricity rates again 8.2% in 2023. The estimated monthly bill impact for average residential customers would be an increase of $7.33 per month (8.20 percent), and for average small commercial customers would be an increase of $10.16 per month (7.77 percent). Read more about how these changes will impact your electric bill here. Electricity is getting more and more expensive as we use more and more power in the winter months, so now is the time to go solar to protect yourself from the increasing utility costs. Get a free quote today.

We’re All About All Black

 Independent Power is proud to now offer the all new and all black REC 400NP3 panel for 2023 installs. Building on the success of its predecessor, the new N-Peak will give consumers higher savings on electricity bills and carbon emissions. REC N-Peak 3 Black comes with nominal power of 400 Wp, REC’s patented split cell and junction box technology and full black aesthetics. Contact us to get yours today!

How the Climate Bill Can Save You Money

Here is a quick breakdown on how the clean energy bill can help you save money in 2023 with tax credits. Investing nearly $370 billion for energy programs and tax incentives, this bill is the largest climate investment in US history.

The bill would provide Americans with tax credits to cover 30% of installing highly efficient ACs, water heaters, furnaces and other cooling and heating equipment.

Households will be able to receive up to $600 for each piece of equipment, up to $1,200 total per year. There would also be a special credit of up to $2,000 for electric heat pumps. And credits could be used to upgrade breaker boxes, if needed, to handle the additional electric load. The legislation also calls for providing low- and moderate-income households with rebates of up to $14,000 to buy electric appliances. 

“There are people who are really on the front lines of the inflation crisis and how expensive fossil fuels are because of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and this bill will be delivering big energy savings for those people,” Leah Stokes, a senior policy advisor at Evergreen and associate professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told reporters recently. Read more.

2022 Has Been an Exciting Year for Independent Power!

From welcoming new ownership and updating our brand identity to expanding our team to include Boulder-based Windward Electric and adding whole home electrification to our capabilities, 2022 has been a big year for Independent Power! As we celebrate these new strategies to help our customers harness the power of nature, we look forward to trailblazing the future of clean energy so you can easily switch to solar and electric, save money, save the planet, and achieve energy independence. New Independent Power co-owner Trever Seeley said in the Daily Camera article, “We believe efforts to progress our brand, while embracing our incredible heritage, will enable energy independence for generations to come."

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Helpful blogs and other exciting renewable energy news.

HEAT PUMPS: Heat Pumps might be right for you.

Here’s everything you need to know

ELECTRIFICATION: Solar power will beat out coal globally in 3 years

RESIDENTIAL: The future looks sunny for solar installations

STORAGE: What to expect from California’s new rooftop-solar plan? More batteries

An interesting project for you...

A project IPS designed and installed

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT:

Independent Power installed this 10kW solar system (left) and Mitsubishi mini splits (right) for our customer in Colorado. With electric heating & cooling, you can reduce your entire utility bill with solar!

To read more about Independent Power projects check out our portfolio here.

Happy Holidays from the Independent Power Boulder Team!

Thank you to our friends at Big Red F for hosting a festive party to close out a memorable year for Independent Power! Cheers to a restful holiday and an exciting New Year for us all! 🥂 🎇

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