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July 2010 - Holy Cross Energy (Colorado) broke ground on an 80 kW solar array in El Jebel, Colorado. Holy Cross's residential and commercial customers can purchase shares (watts) of the solar array upfront at a cost of $3.15 per watt ($3,150 per kilowatt). Community owners will then receive a credit on their bill each month at a rate of $0.11 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The kWh production owners are credited with is based on the actual production by the number of how many watts each member owns. Because operation and maintenance costs are included in the upfront cost, owners will receive the monthly benefits for a term of 50 years. The Carbondale, Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective originated, developed and is managing the program with Sunsense Solar Electric managing the construction of the array.

A number of community solar programs have been developed recently, particularly in the Northwest. Community solar programs allow customers to purchase a share of a solar system, and receive the benefits of the energy that is produced by their share. Ashland, Oregon, Ellensburg, Washington, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), California, St. George, Utah, and Bainbridge Island, Washington all have community solar programs ranging in total size from 5 kW (Bainbridge Island) to 1 MW (SMUD). Florida Keys Electric Coop also offers a Simple Solar Program.

Additional information - Community-Owned Solar Garden Launches in Roaring Fork Valley

Additional information - The Northwest Community Solar Guide (PDF 4.8 MB) Download Adobe Reader


November 2003 - The City of Ashland (OR) and the nonprofit Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) have teamed to offer the city's electricity customers a new green power option. Under the Renewable Pioneers program, residents and businesses can support local and regional renewable energy development by purchasing Green Tags directly from BEF at a cost of 2¢/kWh. Ten percent of the revenues from green tags sales to Ashland residents and businesses will be used to fund solar projects within the city. Program participants will see no change in their utility bills because the green tags purchase is a separate transaction with BEF. The new program replaces Ashland's Solar Pioneers program.

News Release -
New "Renewable Pioneers" Program Delivers Local Solar Project to Ashland

Contacts:
Pat Nye (866) 233-8247, BEF Director of Sales
Paige Prewett (541) 855-5200, BEF Ashland Outreach Coordinator
Dick Wanderscheid (541) 552-2061, City of Ashland Director of Electric Utilities


June 1999 - The City of Ashland, Oregon is launching a pilot program, Solar Ashland, to deploy up to 25 kW of photovoltaics on public buildings within the city. The installations will be funded through a combination of grant monies supplied by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and customer contributions. Starting this fall, interested customers can contribute $4 per month to support the solar projects. The City will partner with "host" institutions to install 5-kW systems and display solar energy educational materials for the public. In a second phase, the City, which operates its own electric department, hopes to market solar power and systems directly to the Ashland public.

News Release - Solar Electricity Comes to Ashland - No longer online at http://www.ashland.or.us

Contacts:
Pat Nye (866) 233-8247, BEF Director of Sales
Paige Prewett (541) 855-5200, BEF Ashland Outreach Coordinator
Dick Wanderscheid (541) 552-2061, City of Ashland Director of Electric Utilities


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