The Colorado Energy Office is set to dole out a grant of US$1.2 million to GRID Alternatives, the US’ largest non-profit solar installer, to develop a solar demonstration installation for low-income communities in Colorado.
GRID Alternatives Colorado will help develop up to 12 community solar projects — ranging in capacity from 50 to 500kW — across the state. Combined, the 12 installations will boast over 1MW in installed capacity.
The sites will help at least 300 low-income families and are slated to offset at least 50% of these families’ electric costs over each four-year subscription term.
Jeffrey Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office, said: “This project will give us the opportunity to demonstrate how solar generation can be a sustainable solution to reduce electric bills for Coloradans who carry the greatest energy burden. And it will assist Colorado’s electric utilities in diversifying their electricity portfolios.”
The solar portfolio is also expected to offer an estimated 2,000 hours of solar job training to workers during the installation phase.
Chuck Watkins, executive director of GRID Alternatives Colorado, added: “Underserved communities must be part of the conversation as we work to meet Colorado’s renewable energy goals. This innovative demonstration project will extend clean energy benefits to low-income families and begin to address energy burden in a comprehensive manner.”