Six Community Solar Sites Being Built Along Colorado’s I-70

Six sites along the I-70 corridor in Colorado – including several towns, school districts and housing authorities (low-income residents) – will benefit from a 10.3 MW portfolio of community solar, the result of a collaboration between Pivot Energy and Standard Solar.

Standard Solar will finance, own and maintain the six community solar gardens, developed and constructed by Pivot Energy. Comprising both ground-mount and rooftop arrays, the solar projects are expected to produce 18,644,960 kWh of energy.

“When Pivot Energy approached us with this portfolio of community solar projects, we were thrilled to partner with them and be a part of advancing Colorado’s leadership in community solar,” says Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar. “Community solar is one of the great opportunities to bring solar to people who might not otherwise be able to put solar on their own roofs. It’s an exciting, yet underserved, segment of the industry. We’re aiming to change that reality.”

Four of the solar gardens are already 100% subscribed:

  • 100 kW: located on land owned by Garfield Housing Authority in Parachute;
  • 1 MW: located west of Silt;
  • 2 MW: located on the south side of Palisade; and
  • 2 MW: located in an industrial area in Grand Junction.

The projects in Parachute and Palisade are currently under construction, while the Silt and Grand Junction sites will begin construction before the end of the year.

Two additional projects, located in Silt and Grand Junction, are currently seeking subscriptions and will be built in 2019.

“There is strong customer demand for community solar because it saves money, generates clean local energy and creates local jobs,” comments Rick Hunter, CEO of Pivot Energy. “Many of our customers are municipalities and school districts that are balancing tight budgets and want to benefit from the savings provided by subscribing to our projects. Money they are saving by choosing solar can then be applied to budgets and can lead to additional teachers being hired, public parks being upgraded or other useful benefits to the community.”

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