Colorado Springs Utilities awarded the Community Solar contract to SunShare under a public bidding process in November 2013.
Customers include the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Library District, Security Water District and the City of Manitou Springs.
“I first heard about SunShare’s Community Solar program three years ago. Because I was living in a rental property, rooftop solar just wasn’t an option for me,” said Alicia Archibald, one of the first individuals to sign up for the program. “Community Solar was the only way I could go solar. When I bought a new home a year later, the panels transferred to my new home’s utility account.”
More than 75 percent of energy consumers are unable to have rooftop solar panels because shading or other physical restrictions, however Community Solar allows customers to produce their own clean, locally generated solar energy without restrictions, according to SunShare.
Construction on the 10,000+ solar panel site is expected to begin this fall.
SunShare is one of the nation’s first community solar companies with a mission to make solar energy more affordable and accessible.
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