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One initiative currently underway is the Solar Benefits Colorado program, which is open to all Colorado local, state and federal employees. It is also available to employees of select contractors including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and CH2M HILL.

As part of an employee benefit, the program pools the buying power of the participants for significant discounts on solar energy systems. Organizations can offer employees big discounts on residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Jason Coughlin is NREL's Solarize expert. He told Kyle Dyer on 9NEWS Thursday morning people can save up to 20 percent through the program.

The Solarize program began in Portland, Ore. three years ago. One neighborhood group thought it would be a great idea to buy solar in bulk for their neighborhood.

Solarize campaigns have spread to communities throughout the United States. The program launched in Colorado in May 2012 and already has 1,000 residential participants.

If you would like to get your company involved, visit for the Solarize Guidebook: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54738.pdf

Vida Urbonas contributed to this report.