SunShare and other Colorado community solar garden builders will bring free solar electricity hookups to thousands more state residents after the Public Utilities Commission rejected a request by Xcel to put off awarding the projects for more study.
Xcel, the largest electric utility in Colorado, had asked the PUC for a “timeout” in awarding bids for 75 megawatts of community solar capacity as part of its overall clean energy plan.
Community solar gardens allow residents who can’t put solar panels on their homes or apartments to participate in clean energy programs by signing up with a developer, who acquires land for a panel array of 5 to 15 megawatts. Those who sign up get an electricity credit on their Xcel bill, and low-income residents can get a full subsidy paid for by a…
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