CEC Celebrates First Community-Owned Solar Garden in Summit County, Colo.

On June 3, 2013, the groundbreaking of the Breckenridge Ullr Solar Array, the first community-owned photovoltaic (PV) system in Summit County, Colorado, was celebrated by Clean Energy Collective(CEC) along with officials from the Town of Breckenridge and the High Country Conservation Center. The 500 kW clean power facility located southeast of Breckenridge will serve Xcel Energy customers across Summit County. Construction is due to be complete later this summer, and panel owners will see a power credit on their utility bill as soon as the array goes online. “We are really excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of this array because Summit County is so passionate about the environment,” said CEC founder Paul Spencer. “Anyone in Summit County will have access to simple, affordable clean energy.” Any commercial, residential, or non-profit Xcel Energy customer will have the opportunity to purchase the 235 Watt panels for $870 each. CEC is taking deposits for panel purchases on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents and businesses  of the town of Breckenridge will receive a $0.10/Watt rebate.

To date, the towns of Breckenridge and Silverthorne as well as Summit County have committed to purchasing a significant portion of the panels in the Breckenridge UllrSolar Array and the second 500 kW array planned for north Breckenridge. CEC’s 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 all of the same rebates and incentives of home-sited systems, and receive credit for the power produced directly on their monthly electric bills. Community solar is currently the fastest growing segment of Colorado’s renewable energy sector. CEC is also developing eight additional community-owned solar gardens under the Xcel Solar*Rewards program—3.1 MW—to serve Colorado customers in Boulder, Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe and Summit Counties and the City of Aurora. CEC also has arrays either operating or under construction in, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Vermont and anticipates over 7.6 MW of clean renewable power capacity by the end of 2013.

Source: Press Release- Clean Energy Collective Continues Solar Garden Roll-out in Colorado High Country, June 3, 2013

 

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