Denver-based SunShare says it has contracted with Adams County, Colo., to provide the regional government with power from its community solar gardens.
Adams County will be the first county in the nation to power its buildings with privately developed community solar energy, SunShare says.
Electricity generated by SunShare's solar gardens is fed into the main power grid. SunShare customers buy a specific amount of energy from the solar garden and receive a credit on their Xcel Energy bill for that amount.
In 2010, the Colorado state legislature passed the country's first Community Solar Gardens Act, which has led 16 other states to develop legislation for creating their own community solar garden programs.
The Community Solar Gardens Act allows customers who either can't or don't want to put solar panels on their homes to buy solar energy from a solar array located elsewhere in the community.