SunEdison announces its acquisition of the 156 MW DC Comanche Solar project from Community Energy. Xcel Energy will purchase electricity generated from the solar plant under a 25-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison, which will maintain the plant.
As Xcel Energy awaits a PUC ruling on 36 MW of customer-sited solar capacity requested for its Solar*Rewards incentives program, solar companies say policy uncertainty in the state is hurting their business. Lighthouse Solar is even going so far as to stop Colorado installations, saying it’s just too hard to do business there.
By Michelle DiFrangia
Originally published on Solar Power World
Clean Energy Collective breaks ground on four four new community solar facilities in Denver that will generate 1.7 MW of energy for Xcel Energy customers. That makes a total of nine community solar facilities for CEC in partnership with Xcel.
Xcel Energy and SunPower announce plans to build a 50 MW AC solar PV power plant in Colorado's San Luis Valley. While power from the plant is expected to serve the needs of approximately 13,500 average Colorado homes. Xcel has been fighting rooftop solar at the same time as it builds larger plants.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission rules in favor of solar as a cost-competitive energy source for Minnesota-based Xcel Energy. The 100 MW distributed solar project will use solar arrays ranging in size from 2 MW to 10 MW across Xcel's service territory.
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Community Energy announces that its 120 MW Comanche Solar project in Colorado will supply 120 MW of solar generation to Xcel Energy. The project, which will provide the bulk of solar power for the approved Xcel Energy Resource Plan, will be one of the largest in the U.S.
Xcel Energy submits a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016. Minnesota legislation requires investor-owned utilities to acquire 1.5% of retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. Xcel is proposing that a significant portion of Minnesota’s solar standard be met through large-scale projects, which it says are more efficient and less expensive than rooftop solar and smaller distributed systems.
Amadeus Consulting purchases 100 solar panels in a solar garden to partially offset the energy consumption of each employee and reduce the company's electricity bill. The purchase represents 4.5% of Boulder’s first community-based solar garden, which is in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area.
Citizens and solar installers fill a packed PUC hearing room in Denver on Monday, decrying Xcel’s proposals to gut net metering rates. Most cite climate change and pollution as the reasons we need to embrace solar.
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