Two new community solar gardens are planned for development by Xcel Energy, Inc., a leading developer of solar facilities throughout the United States. Xcel recently announced its plans to build two facilities in Boulder, CO, as a means of boosting the state’s generation of solar energy. The developments will source clean, solar energy to homeowners throughout Boulder and provide an affordable means of participating in renewables.
Xcel Energy will work alongside Energy Outreach Colorado and Pivot Energy to construct and operate the two new community solar gardens. According to the preliminary plans, the total energy generated between the two sites is expected to reach approximately 800 customers around the Colorado county. Customers within the Boulder County region will have the option to subscribe to one of the two sites and draw solar power from them. This will replace their current source of power without requiring the installation and maintenance of solar arrays.
Separating these installations and others throughout the United States, Xcel explains, is that they are the first in the nation to be 100% income-qualified. Ultimately, this allows lower-income households to subscribe to the program and save money on their energy costs. Xcel hasn’t revealed how subscriptions will work, but it’s common for community solar programs to offer no-obligation participation. Homeowners should be able to sign up and cancel their subscription at any time without incurring penalties.
According to the company’s president, Alice Jackson, the two sites are being added to an expanding portfolio of low-cost energy services. The push for income-qualified community solar, Jackson explained, was to make the vital resource accessible to customers who would otherwise have no other options.
Xcel Energy didn’t provide a timeline for the new project, but Boulder County residents can follow the production of the two new community solar sites and learn more about the company’s sustainability practices through its official website.