SunShare, a Colorado-based community solar developer, has established its headquarters in Denver and expanded its workforce in the region.
The company says it made the move after being awarded 7 MW of projects through Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program. SunShare says its portfolio of community solar projects either built or in the pipeline is 12 MW.Â
‘Our community solar garden program gives broad access to renewable energy to all of our customers, allowing many more commercial, governmental and residential customers to choose solar, while supporting the development of local businesses,’ says David Eves, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, in a statement.
The Solar*Rewards Community program was created in response to 2010 state legislation allowing for the creation of community solar gardens. Many states have rules that encourage communities to share solar resources where individual solar installations are impractical or too expensive.
Xcel Energy is locked in a public relations battle with solar sector advocates who are critical of its stance on net energy metering.