July 2011 - Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) has expanded its Community Solar Array program, allowing more members to lease portions of its photovoltaic arrays without having to install panels on their properties. Atlasta Solar recently installed an additional 10-kilowatt (kW) community solar array at DMEA's Montrose headquarters and another at its Read service center in Delta County. Beginning in July 2011, DMEA members are able to lease 2.67 watts of solar capacity from the new arrays in $10 increments, enough to generate approximately $0.56 worth of electricity per year. Members who lease larger portions of the community solar arrays will receive proportionately larger credits on their electric bills.
The Community Solar Array program was originally launched in February 2011, DMEA Launches Community Solar, with the installation of two solar arrays having combined capacity of 20 kilowatts (kW), which were fully leased out in less than two months. DMEA hopes to install additional arrays in the future to match members' interest in the community solar program.
News Release - DMEA Members Can Plug Into Solar Arrays
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February 2011 - Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), Colorado has established a Community Solar Array program after completing two solar arrays, with combined capacity of 20 kilowatts (kW). The Community Solar Array program is selling shares of these arrays to consumers in blocks of $10 per 2.67 watts ($3.75/watt). DMEA expects that a 2.67 watt share will produce $0.50 of electricity for the consumer on an annual basis; consumers will receive a credit for the production of their share of the solar array. Participating customers will receive credit at the full retail rate, currently $.09703/kWh for residential
customers, for the production of their solar share. The length of the lease is 25 years, and DMEA will own and maintain the solar array over that time period.
News Release - DMEA's Community Solar Array Dawns Feb. 11
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