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Community solar farm opens in Boulder

May 20th, 2013

Community-owned solar gardens give any customer with a utility meter the ability to take advantage of solar energy credits.

The Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, a 500 kilowatt (kw) capacity solar panel system located in Boulder, Colorado, is now complete and scheduled to begin delivering power to Xcel Energy customers. Cowdery Meadows, which was designed and built by REC Solar, is the first community solar farm created under provisions set out by the Colorado Community Solar Gardens Act (CCSA) of 2010.

According to PV-Tech, a site that tracks the solar industry, it is the first in a group of four community solar farms that REC will be rolling out over the next few years. It will be maintained by the Clean Energy Collective, an organization that manages community-owned renewable energy power plants.

These farms will allow customers who had previously been unable to adopt solar energy as their method of electricity production a chance that lower their monthly utility bills using renewable energy credits on their monthly utility bill

The CCSA made it possible for residents to have partial ownership of solar panels located off-site, which sell solar power to the grid. For some power customers, rooftop PV installation may not be an option due to a number of reasons. As an example, some homes are located in permanent shade, and homeowners subject to condominium association rules and renters may have limits on what kind of construction they can perform on their property.

But with community-owned systems like Cowdery Meadows, anyone with a utility meter can purchase or lease a panel in the array and have the power generated by that panel credited to their monthly electricity bill. 

If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of solar power, you should contact a Colorado solar energy company. Golden Solar can help determine the right solution for your home, business or community.