Denver solar gardens company SunShare contracts with Adams County to provide the regional government with clean, reliable energy from community solar gardens. Colorado is a leader in solar gardens, which allow homeowners, businesses, and municipalities to subscribe to solar power located offsite.
By John Farrell
Originally published on The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
A Public Utilities Commission decision in Minnesota may allow community solar projects to move forward, but it does not include the now well-known “value of solar” formula for those projects. Instead, it uses an “applicable retail rate” that’s much more like traditional net metering -- which is what Xcel Energy wanted.
In the midst of heated net-metering battles, a 2007 Denver Post article surfaces that shows Xcel Energy once touted the benefits of distributed solar generation. The Alliance for Solar Choice calls out the utility for flip-flopping on its position to serve its own interests.
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.
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