Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Demand High for Xcel's Solar Garden Program in Colorado

The appetite is huge for solar gardens in Colorado! Xcel's solar garden program has received a slew of applications to build solar arrays up to 500 kilowatts. What is a solar garden? The Solar Gardens website gives a great definition: "a solar garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers. Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using 'virtual net metering'." Another thing that's cool about a solar garden is that people that don't own their property can acquire clean, green power from the sun. This includes renters and folks who live in home owners associations (HOAs) that don't allow solar modules on the roofs. The solar gardens program was a result of the 2010 Colorado Community Solar Garden Act. Kudos to Xcel and the people of Colorado for realizing the importance of renewable energy.

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PENNY STOCK INVESTMENTS said...

Fine program

Wishful Thinking

*Before adding PV, wind, or solar thermal to your residential or commercial structure, the first step is to analyze this structure's energy consumption through a professional energy audit. I'd like to see some public education on the importance of an energy audit for any structure. Remember Smokey the Bear's forest fire shtick drilled into our heads over the last few decades? How about something like, "Henry the House" desperately wanting to know how much energy he consumes and wastes throughout the day?

*With over 300 sunny days a year on the Front Range is it too much to ask for solar PV and thermal modules on every residential and commercial unit (after an energy audit of course)?


*How about affordable plug-in electric cars that go more than 100 miles on a charge with PV and wind powered recharging stations?

*Dreaming of companies large and small adopting business sustainability practices to maximize profits, reduce their carbon footprint, and enhance the lives of their employees and the communities that surround them.

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