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Colorado Springs Community Solar Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 25, 2011 by Sean Connolly in Community with 5 Comments

Join Governor Hickenlooper, Mayor Bach, City Council, Colorado Springs Utilities, Real Goods Solar and SunShare for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Colorado Springs Community Solar Garden! The ceremony will take place at Venetucci Farm in southwestern Colorado Springs at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

The Community Solar Garden will allow Colorado Springs Utilities customers to lease two or more of the 2,500 solar panels in exchange for utility-provided incentives, including a 9-cent-per-kWh credit on their monthly electricity bill. The Garden is being built by Real Goods Solar on Venetucci Farm land, and will be owned and operated by SunShare, a local business. This arrangement makes Colorado Springs among the first communities in the nation to adopt this type of progressive renewable energy service.

Why Subscribe to a Community Solar Garden?

Solar energy at home is an unquestionably good investment – energy from solar panels is cheaper, 100% clean and increases property value without increasing property taxes – but it’s not for everyone. A community solar garden provides the option of using inexpensive, environmentally-friendly solar electricity to residents who can’t afford solar, who rent their homes or have roofs unsuitable for on-site solar power generation.

Attending the Ceremony

Come show your support for solar power in the community at 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 29! Food and drink will be provided.

More than 600 solar panels in the Garden have already been reserved, so register today.

Directions

From Denver:

  • Take I-25 south to South Academy Blvd (Exit 135)
  • Go east for ½ mile and take the exit for
  • US-85 toward Fountain
  • Turn right on US-85 and go 0.9 miles
  • Look for the farm on your right

From Powers (east Colorado Springs):

  • Turn slight right onto E. Fountain Blvd/US-24 W
  • Turn Left onto S. Academy Blvd S/CO-83S
  • Take the US-85 ramp toward Security/Widefield/Fountain
  • Turn right onto S US-85
  • Farm is on your right
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Sean lives in beautiful Denver, Colorado. His lack of fashion sense and unorthodox hair could be described as "charming." In his free time he enjoys traveling, scuba diving and his beloved Denver Broncos.

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5 Comments

  1. Colorado Springs Community Solar Garden Groundbreaking … :: Solar Panels For Homes| Information on Solar Power For HomesNovember 25, 2011 at 10:06 pmReply

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  2. Brian MoseleyDecember 7, 2011 at 1:50 amReply

    Magnificent! (As usual. :-P )

  3. Anaerobic DigestionFebruary 18, 2012 at 4:44 pmReply

    This idea really appeals to me. Especially since it allows those with apartments to join in and be “green” in their energy use.

    Also, in the UK recently I have seen many solar panels placed on roofs which are partially shaded or not facing anywhere near south, so I doubt their owners will make the amount of money they expect from them as the power yield will be well below expectations.

    It is much better to lease a panel on a farm like this.

  4. Aleksander JakubowskiMarch 8, 2012 at 7:06 pmReply

    Great project!!! How many acres of land did you have to use
    to accomodate 2500 panels ?

    • Sean ConnollyMarch 9, 2012 at 9:43 pmReplyAuthor

      The solar arrays were installed on 2.5 acres of Venetucci Farm’s land.

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