CEC will need to get local approval for its projects, but the plan is to build installations in Arvada (108 kW); two in Breckenridge (each 500 kW); two in Denver (500 kW and 400 kW, respectively); and one in Boulder (500 kW).
CEC is a relatively old hand at community solar – it claims to have established the first community-owned solar garden in the country near El Jebel, Colo., in 2010, and in 2011, opened the largest such power station in the country near Rifle, Colorado. But the new Xcel program has even it excited.
“Never before has the opportunity to use clean renewable energy been available to so many people so easily,” CEO Paul Spencer said in a staetment. “Community solar is an important part of our energy future, and it’s exciting to see Colorado leading the nation in community-based renewable energy solutions.”
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