Colorado Springs Community Solar Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony
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.
- 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