Colorado’s solar gardens are growing at a rapid pace. Earlier this week, SunShare’s 2.5 MW Pikes Peak Solar Garden site came on-line. It is the latest of five sites that SunShare has developed in the state so far this year. At the same time, power management company Eaton announced a contract to partner with SunShare to build 5 additional shared solar facilities in the state. The projects will provide a total of 8.2 MW of solar. Eaton will provide the electrical distribution and engineering services while SunShare will oversee the customer management, subscription and billing arenas.
“Community-based solar has great potential to serve as a solution to meeting our nation’s growing energy demands,” said John Vernacchia, global segment manager for renewable energy at Eaton. “By combining the capabilities of Eaton’s proven power management solutions with the expertise of SunShare, the installation will help improve the way Colorado municipalities produce and consume electrical energy.”
The five solar gardens are being developed along the Front Range. At full capacity, the combined 8.2 MW portfolio is expected to generate approximately 350 million kWh of energy over 20 years. Under power purchase agreements, Colorado Springs Utilities will purchase the energy produced in Colorado Springs while Xcel Energy will purchase the energy produced in Denver.
David Amster-Olszewski, CEO and founder of SunShare said, “We are thrilled to see the community solar program expanding in the city we were founded in.”
As community solar continues to grow, SunShare will be likely to grow with it.