Bella Energy delivers award winning solar solutions to clients with our US based commercial solar development team specializing in renewable micro-grids and remote industrial energy solutions.

A message from our founder

As a graduate student in solar energy in the late 70s (back when only MIT, Arizona State, and Colorado State University had programs), I became intrigue by the elegance of solar electrical systems. Outside of a few land based uses, powering satellites in space was the primary market for solar technology. During the first energy crisis, it made all the sense in the world to me that solar electric technology would come back to Earth. It was at that moment that I decided to stake my career on it.

In the early 80’s, I began my career in solar by opening the first PV distributor in Colorado. I started by selling to off grid customers and putting in the early utility and commercial grid tied projects. Marrying an interest in travel and developing countries, the next decade was spent implementing solar community programs in over a dozen countries, primarily in the poorer regions of the world. I still work with many of the people I met and have built an international network of renewable energy supporters.

By the end of the 20th century, solar was getting traction in Germany and Japan as a legitimate green energy source, beginning to reach grid parity. The realization that solar would jump the oceans to this country sparked the formation of Bella Energy.

My vision for Bella Energy is to be a solar energy leader, implementing solar projects across the US and around the world. This vision was shaped by my history of working in rural communities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Partnering with friends I made along the way, we’ve brought the bricks and motor experience necessary to install the most challenging energy projects. I see Bella Energy as a valued partner to construction, engineering and financial companies, helping them to expand their business, open markets and reach their goals. In the end I’d like to know that we’ve helped reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.

-Jim Welch, Founder and CEO

About Bella Energy

Building on our nearly three decades of experience, Bella Energy delivers award-winning solar solutions to governments, corporations and non-profits.
The staff of Bella Energy has over 100 years of combined renewable energy experience and brings the highest value solar solutions to your projects. 78 percent our operations team is North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) –– the highest certification in the solar industry.
Bella Energy serves its customers with cost-effective solar energy solutions. The range of our projects encompasses:

  • State, county and city government centers
  • K-12 schools, colleges and universities
  • Large companies and small business
  • Churches and synagogues
  • Nature preserves and national parks

We offer our customers commercial and third-party financing sizable to multiple megawatt scale utility or government projects. We successfully deploy a range of tax incentives and utility credits to our varied customers to get you the best return on your investment.

Our customers have entrusted us with their business for nearly three decades. Our future is filled with opportunity and optimism. We are committed to building a sustainable and clean energy future for the United States and around the world.

How We Approach Your Project
  • Education: We will explain the principles of solar energy and it’s benefits to you and the environment.
  • Design: All our system designs are customized for your site and needs. We develop the best solar solution for your application drawing from our backgrounds in electrical and mechanical engineering, and architecture. We apply rigorous standards to ensure that your system meets the highest performance.
  • Service: Throughout the installation process, we promise excellent customer service. We are known for paying careful attention to the details and monitoring your systems performance after its up and running.

A Brief History of Bella Energy

  • Bella Energy Founder and CEO, Jim Welch, has been a leader in America’s renewable energy industry for 30 years. In 1982, Jim started the company as Remote Power Inc, one of Colorado’s and the nation’s very first companies to sell and install solar electric systems. Remote Power is credited with developing Colorado’s first commercial solar electric utility-scale power system.
  • Remote Power continued its solar leadership through the 1990s, managing The Nature Conservancy’s renewable energy program in the United States and Latin America, developing solar home programs in Asia and Africa, and training the first generation of solar engineers in numerous countries around the globe.
  • Jim has received numerous awards for his leadership in solar power, including the prestigious national award as a Green Power Pioneer (2004) from the Department of Energy / Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was honored in 2009 by the Lakota Sioux Tribe for his work with solar air heaters on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • In 2004, our legacy in solar energy was transformed into Bella Energy. In English, “Beautiful Energy” highlights what the company has become today and what we are growing toward. We are an employee-owned company, creating green jobs and a solar future in your communities.


The people of Bella Energy have been empowering communities around the world with renewable energy since 1982. Over the years we’ve built a national and international network of solar energy professionals to help your organization save money with solar energy. Our expert team is passionate about bringing clean, renewable energy to businesses, non-profits and government organizations.

Why Customers choose bella energy

  • Highly skilled and technically savvy operations team. Over 75% of our operations staff is NABCEP Certified. (The highest certification available for the solar industry)
  • Quality projects, designed to last, implemented on schedule and inside budget
  • Engaged, diverse and passionate team working to both satisfy customers and transform our region with a sustainable, green and independent energy economy
  • Highest safety standards and an ongoing internal SUN SAFE® training program
  • The most creative Design & Engineering team delivering the best bang for the buck
  • Strategic financing partnerships providing the most options for funding, leveraging tax credits and utility rebates (where available)
  • Integrated energy consultation meeting client needs inside transparent project parameters, resulting in greatest return on capital investment

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