Second Community Solar Farm Announced!
April 4, 2013
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), Ft. Collins, CO and the Clean Energy Collective (CEC), Carbondale, CO today signed an agreement to construct a second community solar farm for PVREA consumers. The facility will provide an opportunity for members of the electric cooperative to purchase solar power to offset their electric use.
PVREA’s initial project was constructed in 2012 and was the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado. It was dedicated in August last year when 494 solar panels generating 116,090 watts of electricity were energized. The new array will be more than four times the size of the first one at 500,000 watts. The site for the new array is still to be determined. The first facility was constructed at the PVREA headquarters near Windsor but space requirements will not allow further expansion at that site.
CEC will fund construction of the project and Poudre Valley REA will purchase the electricity under a purchase power agreement. Once completed, PVREA consumers may purchase individual panels and their electric bills will be credited for the electricity generated each month. Both residential and small commercial accounts may participate in the program.
“The board of directors and management carefully evaluated the initial project and were very pleased with its success,” said Poudre Valley REA CEO Brad Gaskill. “This expansion is an affirmation of our commitment to economically incorporate renewable energy initiatives that allow our consumers to benefit from a more diverse energy portfolio.”
The community solar concept allows all consumers to participate in renewable energy, including renters, those in poorly sighted properties and individuals of all income levels, without having to build a system of their own, and reap the benefits directly on their monthly electric bills through the utility.
"The fact that the first phase sold out before it was even completed shows that Poudre Valley REA's members are committed to using locally-produced renewable energy," says Paul Spencer, founder and CEO of CEC.
The environmental impact over the life of the array is equal to taking 17,000,000 automobile miles off the road.
For More Information Call: 800-370-5276 or visit: www.pvreasolar.com
Tracee Bentley, Director of Policy and Legislation for the Colorado Energy Office delivered the keynote address to a group of approximately 75 at the dedication of the first PVREA Community Solar Farm on August 28, 2012. Poudre Valley REA CEO Brad Gaskill, board president Jack Schneider and CEC President Paul Spencer also addressed the gathering. The event was attended by PVREA consumers who had reserved panels in the solar farm, the Poudre Valley REA Board of Directors and management team and representatives of local and state government.
Tracee Bentley, Jack Schneider, Brad Gaskill, Paul Spencer (left) Tracee Bentley (right)
CEO Gaskill address (left) CEO Gaskill and Paul Spencer (right)
A group of PVREA consumers who are participating in the community solar farm(above)
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