Xcel Energy selects SunShare for community solar portfolio in Colorado

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The six projects will service approximately 2,600 subscribers upon completion, with construction expected to begin in 2019. Image: SunShare

Community solar company SunShare has been awarded six community PV installations by Xcel Energy in Colorado, with the pipeline featuring an installed generation capacity of 12MW.

SunShare was selected in a bidding process and will be able to provide reliable energy to more than 2,500 residential homes in the Denver metro area, as well as additional municipal, governmental, and educational groups.

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The six projects will service approximately 2,600 subscribers upon completion, with construction expected to begin in 2019. SunShare expects the individual solar gardens to be located in Jefferson County, Adams County, and Arapahoe County.

David Amster-Olszewski, SunShare’s founder and CEO, said: “We’re very proud that SunShare will be able to continue our mission of bringing community solar to residential customers. We look forward to building our first 100% residential community solar gardens in Colorado and appreciate Xcel Energy’s commitment to this program.

“The entire concept of community solar was created to enable people who can’t install solar panels on their rooftops to have access to the benefits of solar power. Many developers across the country focus on obtaining commercial subscribers, but SunShare’s mission has always been to give more individual consumers powerful options for contributing to a healthier environment.”

Currently SunShare has completed more than 27 MW of community solar gardens in Colorado.

Jerome Davis, regional vice president, Xcel Energy—Colorado, added: “We are pleased to be able to continue to bring our customers programs that meet their energy needs in a zero-carbon manner. The continued participation in these voluntary programs such as Renewable Connect, Solar Rewards, and Solar Rewards Community shows Coloradans preference for reliable, clean, and low-cost energy that we are proud to deliver.”

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