COMMUNITY SOLAR!!!! That is what I hope to get started here in California and it is starting to look like the legislation we need to pass is going to make it happen! But for now we should cheer on Colorado for Aurora's 1st 500-kW Community Solar Project breaking ground. YEAH!!!
Clean Energy Collective has broken ground on Aurora, Colorado's first community-owned solar project. The 500-kilowatt (kW) project allows Xcel Energy customers to purchase and receive the benefits of solar panels without having to install solar on their homes. Clean Energy Collective recently began construction on a similar project in Boulder, CO.
The project was made possible through the EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, which encourages the development of renewable energy projects on contaminated land; the Aurora installation is located on property above contaminated ground water from the Buckley Air Force Base. Through the EPA's initiative, vacated or underutilized properties are transformed into community resources to drive environmental, economic and social benefits. Recently, the initiative was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Press Release - First Community Solar Facility Coming to Aurora, Colorado
Additional Information - EPA: RE-Powering America's Land
Additional Information - Community Solar Garden at Brownfield Part of RE-Powering's Innovation