Community solar energy developer Turn energy and Standard solar energy have developed three new community solar energy projects in Colorado. Two projects are located in Garfield County and the third in Jefferson County.
The projects represent 4 MW of solar energy and will generate enough electricity to power more than 700 households.
“Our continued partnership with Standard Solar has been a tremendous success as we work to meet Coloradans’ growing demand for more clean energy,” said Jon Fitzpatrick, VP of project development at Pivot Energy. “This is an exciting portfolio for us to develop that will support local jobs and create economic benefits for Garfield and Jefferson counties while driving the state’s clean energy advancement.”
One megawatt of the portfolio is for low-income subscribers, while the remaining 3 MW is subscribed by local councils and organizations. Pivot Energy developed and constructed the solar gardens and will provide customer management services, while Standard Solar will finance, own and maintain the systems.
“Developing these projects together with Pivot Energy was a real partnership using our shared resources and shared values in renewable energy and accessibility,” said Shaun Laughlin, head of US Strategic Development for Standard Solar. “We are proud to do our part to accelerate the energy transition by acquiring high quality, renewable energy projects like this one in the US”
Community solar energy is a means for local communities to help achieve clean energy goals while providing cost savings to anyone paying an electricity bill. Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), a clean energy advocacy group for Colorado’s Western Slope, supports increased community solar development through the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative and other initiatives.
“We are delighted to see the launch of these new projects,” said Katharine Rushton, renewable energy program director at CLEER. “Solar energy is an important part of Garfield County’s economic development strategy, and these projects will enable subscribed local governments to meet their electricity needs with locally produced energy. Access to cheap solar power is especially helpful for those at the lower end of the income spectrum, so we welcome the designation of 1 MW of solar power to the community for low-income subscribers. “
Both Garfield County solar gardens will come online in June 2021, while the Jefferson County project will be powered up later this summer. Pivot plans to create additional gardens on the western slope in 2021.
News item from Standard Solar
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