December 2012 - Two new community solar arrays have come online in Colorado, both developed by Carbondale-based Clean Energy Collective. The first is Colorado Springs's third community solar installation and is capable of producing 500 kilowatts (kW). Customers of the community solar array are able to purchase panels for $565 each, with a minimum of two panels. The other two community solar systems in Colorado Springs were developed by SunShare, a Colorado Springs-based company.
The second community solar array to recently come online in Colorado is a 1.1 megawatt facility in the San Miguel Power Association, Inc. service territory in southwestern Colorado. Customers are able to purchase panels within the system for $705 each and as few as one panel.
In total, Clean Energy Collective is now operating or constructing 14 community solar developments totaling more than 5,300 kW of solar capacity.
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United States' Largest Community-Owned Solar System Comes Online in Colorado
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Third Community Solar Garden Blossoms in Springs
January 2007 - San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), a rural electric distribution cooperative serving Telluride, Colo. and surrounding areas, announced a goal to have 80% of its 12,000 customers buying at least 100 kWh of renewable energy per month by the end of 2009. Under SMPA's Renewable Energy Program, consumers can purchase renewable energy in 100-kWh monthly increments at a rate premium of 1.25¢/kWh. The average SMPA residential consumer uses approximately 750 kWh per month. The renewable energy for the program is supplied Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
In addition, the utility is aiming to source 20% of its total electricity sales with renewable energy. To reach the 20% renewable energy goal, SMPA customers will need to purchase 34 to 36 million kWh of renewable energy annually, or more than 28,000 100-kWh monthly blocks. Telluride Ski Resort recently committed to purchase 4.8 million kWh of renewable energy annually through the SMPA program, equal to the energy used by the gondola and the Town of Mountain Village. SMPA also purchases nearly 1 million kWh of renewable energy annually for its own electricity needs.
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SMPA Media Contact: Gary Miller, (970) 626-5549