Did you know that Denver was the first in the nation to be designated as a “Solar Friendly Community”?
In the most recent solar news, Denver has signed a deal with SunShare LLC, a developer of community solar power projects, which will supply 400 kilowatts of solar power to 16 city facilities.
This will cover about 2 percent of the city and county government’s energy needs and is expected to save about $6 million in electricity bills over the 20-year agreement.
The solar power Denver is getting as part of the deal accounts for about 40 percent of the power produced from SunShare’s Denver County Solar Garden. Forty percent is the maximum amount that any one customer can get from a community solar power array.
Community solar power projects are larger arrays, typically up to 1 megawatt, that produce renewable energy for customers who can’t, or don’t want to put solar power panels on their own roofs. Only about 25 percent of all the homes in the United States are appropriate for solar power.
In support of the deal, Mayor Michael Hancock stated that, “Participating in SunShare’s Community Solar Gardens enables us to save money by locking in electricity rates for the next 20 years while also promoting clean, renewable energy and supporting small local businesses like SunShare.”
As part of Denver’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, the city wants to double the amount of renewable energy associated with city-owned buildings and other facilities.
Alaris is also committed to preserving the environment. We can help you market or buy properties with “green” features.