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Press Release: Second Community-Owned Solar Array on Tap to Serve Northern Colorado
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Second Community-Owned Solar Array on Tap to Serve Northern Colorado
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA)
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2012

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BOULDER, COLO. (June 6, 2013) Serving increasing demand for affordable renewable energy, community solar pioneer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is partnering with Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) in developing a second community solar farm to serve northern Colorado power customers. CEC developed PVREA’s first community-owned solar array, which sold out before construction was complete in August, 2012
 
In this second phase of a 2 MW power purchase agreement with PVREA, CEC will build a 577 kW array comprised of over 2,300 solar panels. The panels will be purchased by a mix of more than 100 of PVREA’s residential, small commercial and agricultural customers. Construction on the array will begin late this summer and will be producing clean power by fall.
 
CEC’s community solar arrays provide renewable power generation through medium-scale, locally-sited facilities collectively owned by participating utility customers. CEC’s model allows consumers to participate in renewable energy without having to install panels on a roof while reaping the benefits directly on their monthly electric bills through the utility
 
PVREA consumers may purchase individual panels in the array for $729 each ($3.10/watt); from as few as one panel or as many as needed to completely power a home or business. Each month, their electric bills will be credited for the electricity their panels generate.
 
The array will be located in Weld County on private property owned by long-time locals Robert and Phylis Brown. “We are excited to be using this land for a solar garden,” said Robert Brown. “We feel like it’s the right thing to do for our community and the environment.”
 
PVREA’s initial project was the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado. The 494-panel, 116 kW facility was constructed in 2012 at the PVREA headquarters near Windsor and quickly sold out to PVREA members. The new array will be more than four times the size of the first one.
 
“We are honored to be Poudre Valley REA’s partner for a second phase, showing their ongoing dedication toward providing solutions that their members want,” says Paul Spencer, founder and president of CEC.”
 
In 2010, CEC established the first community-owned solar array in the country near El Jebel, Colorado. Today, CEC operates seven community solar facilities in Colorado and New Mexico representing 3.3 MW of distributed power generation. CEC is currently developing ten additional community-owned solar gardens under the Xcel Solar*Rewards program in Colorado, along with multiple projects in states across the country, including New Mexico, Minnesota and Vermont. CEC anticipates generating over 7.6 MW of clean renewable power capacity by the end of the 2013.
 
About Clean Energy Collective (CEC) Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is a developer of community-based renewable energy facilities and a national leader in community power generation. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. The CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeterĀ® system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power credited directly on their monthly utility bills, without modifying their home or office. www.easycleanenergy.com
 
About PVREA Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 35,000 consumers in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties in Northern Colorado. Many Poudre Valley REA consumers already participate in the utility’s Green Power program. In 2012 they purchased more than 24 million kilowatts of electricity from renewable sources. More information is available at www.pvreasolar.com or by calling (800) 370-5276. }
 
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Press Release: Second Community-Owned Solar Array on Tap to Serve Northern Colorado