New Community Solar Projects Launch in Washington and Colorado

June 27, 2011

Holy Cross Energy, working with the Clean Energy Collective, has developed a second community solar installation. The project is an 858 kilowatt (kW) solar array located in Rifle, Colorado. The array is expected to produce 1.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year. Participants pay an upfront cost of $3.15/watt ($3,150/kW) and receive a credit on their bill each month at a rate of 11.0¢/kWh. Clean Energy Collective has also developed a PeakSavings Program, which enables non-profit organizations and Homeowner Associations to participate in the community solar program. The first project by Holy Cross Energy and the Clean Energy Collective was an 80-kW system developed in June 2010.

Seattle City Light has launched a new Community Solar project. The solar panels total 24 kW and will double as roofs for three picnic shelters at a local park. The panels are expected to produce 24,000 kWh/year. The Community Solar project will allow up to 500 people to buy portions of output for $600 per share. Participants will receive credit for the amount of kWh that their share produced. The credit will be equal to Seattle City Light's Small General Service Rate, currently about 7.0¢/kWh. Participants will also receive Production Incentive Credits from the State of Washington for the number of kWh generated by their share. The State incentive offers up to an additional $1.08/kWh and $54/year per unit.

News Release - Community Solar Project makes Renewable Energy Available to All

Additional Information - Nonprofit PeakSavings™ program (PDF 279 KB)

Additional Information - HOAPeakSavings™ program (PDF 308 KB)

Contact: Aaron Pickus, 206-684-4000