BOULDER, COLO. – (May 29, 2014) Clean Energy Collective, the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, announced the groundbreaking of four new community solar facilities in Denver that will make an additional 1.7 MW of local renewable energy production available to Xcel Energy customers in Denver and Jefferson counties.
Part of Xcel
Energy’s Solar*Rewards Communities program, two new 500 kW community-shared
solar PV systems are under
construction on a 5-acre site at the Evie Garrett Dennis School campus in
northeast Denver, and just to the west a 569 kW and 115 kW systems are in
developed on a 4-acre site in Golden, Colo.
This brings to nine the number of
community solar facilities CEC has operating or under construction in
partnership with Xcel Energy, including facilities in Denver, Aurora, Boulder,
and Breckenridge (2), and a total of 16 facilities for the state.
business and residential ratepayers in Denver County and Jefferson County will be able to purchase individual
panels in the new arrays, from one kilowatt up to enough panels to off-set 120%
of their electric usage. Customers will then receive credit for the energy
produced directly on their monthly Xcel Energy bill, as if the PV system were
located on their home or business.
really excited about developing these four new facilities for Denver. Never
before has the opportunity to use local clean energy been available to so many
people so easily,” said Paul Spencer, founder and CEO of Clean Energy
Collective. “Affordable and accessible solar is an important part of our energy
future, and it’s exciting to see Colorado leading the nation in community-based
renewable energy solutions.”
community-owned solar model allows 100% of a utility’s ratepayers—including
businesses, renters, those with shaded properties, and people of all income
levels—the opportunity to own clean, locally-produced energy. Members receive
rebates and incentives just like home-sited systems, and the
arrays are sited and maintained to operate at peak efficiency, delivering
clean, dependable power for decades.
president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company,
lauded the projects. “Solar*Rewards Community and Clean Energy Collective
projects such as the ones we celebrate today offer Xcel Energy customers a
choice in solar products that will help them reduce their impact on the
the new projects will pay $3.70 per Watt after available rebates and tax
incentives. Refundable panel reservations are being taken now. More information
is available online at www.coloradocommunitysolar.com or by contacting CEC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 646-0323.
combined facilities are expected to produce approximately 2,828,000
kilowatt-hours of clean energy in the first year alone, enough to power 2,500
homes annually. Over the 20 year Xcel Energy agreement, CO2
omissions will be reduced by over 92 million pounds.
About Clean Energy
Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. Since establishing the first community-owned solar garden in the country in 2010 near El Jebel, Colorado, CEC has built or has under development more than 40 community solar projects with 18 utility partners across 8 states, representing 26 MW of community solar capacity. www.easycleanenergy.com
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