The Cowdery Meadows Solar Array consists of approximately 2,000 solar panels and occupies 3.5 acres at 1600 66th St. It is the first community solar project completed under Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community program, under which any utility ratepayer can directly purchase energy from a “solar garden.”
REC Solar, a subsidiary of Mainstream Energy Corp., has an office in Westminster. It designed and built the array, while Clean Energy Collective in Boulder will operate and maintain the system. REC Solar has additional Solar Rewards Community projects under development and construction for completion later this year.
“REC Solar’s experience in Colorado and know-how in planning, designing and constructing utility systems has been instrumental to the success of this project,´ said Tom Sweeney, chief operating officer of Clean Energy Collective. “We look forward to working together to build additional community-owned solar arrays to meet the strong demand for solar across the state.”
Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community program helps groups who previously could not go solar, including renters, those with shaded properties and residents without the financial means to purchase or finance an array. Homeowners and businesses can purchase as little as one kilowatt or enough to power their entire electricity load. The Boulder community solar array remains open to subscribers.
More information is online at http://www.coloradocommunitysolar.com/.