Thornton Initiatives

"Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It's about doing more good." -Jochen Zeitz


Learn more about what the City of Thornton is doing to lighten its impact on the environment.

Doing Business with Thornton
Electricity Demand Reduction
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Emissions Reductions
Sustainable Land Management
Waste & Recycling

What's Happening in Thornton?

Solar Electric Systems for Low-Income Thornton Homeowners

Low-income homeowners in Thornton may be eligible to install a solar electric system on their home for free that can save the landowner up to 75 percent on their electric bills. The nonprofit organization GRID Alternatives has expanded its Solar Affordable Housing program to Thornton. The program provides solar electric systems to families that own and live in their home, and able to contribute sweat equity hours to the program, and qualify as low-income according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's income standards.

The city of Thornton is contributing federal grant dollars to pay for the equipment, so there is no upfront cost to families. Once the panels are installed, homeowners will pay to operate the system at $.02 per kilowatt hour, which works out to be approximately $15 a month. GRID Alternatives will coordinate the installation of the rooftop solar panels with the homeowner.

To find out if you qualify for this program, contact GRID Alternatives at 866-921-4696 or email at

More Sustainability Information

Did You Know?

All city paving projects involving asphalt use 20% Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP). Street Operations generated 8,230 tons of asphalt milling that were recycled/reused either within the city or sold to be recycled/reused on projects outside the city. All street light and traffic signal bulbs replaced by the City of Thornton are LED's to reduce energy demand.

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