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Understanding Colorado’s Options for Community Solar Gardens

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 30, 2012 01:01 AM
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From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance; author John Farrell For more detail, see the summary drawn from our report below. Italicized text indicates clarifications from the PUC’s recent rules release: Colorado Solar Gardens, Briefly: Definition of a Solar Garden 2 MW or less 10 or more subscribers (none owning more than 40%) Rooftop or ground-mounted Owner [...]




 

 

From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance; author John Farrell

For more detail, see the summary drawn from our report below. Italicized text indicates clarifications from the PUC’s recent rules release:

Colorado Solar Gardens, Briefly:

Definition of a Solar Garden

  • 2 MW or less
  • 10 or more subscribers (none owning more than 40%)
  • Rooftop or ground-mounted

Owner

  • For- or non-profit whose sole purpose is to own or operate a solar garden

Subscribers

  • Must live in same county
  • Must own 1 kW share or more
  • Share must not exceed 120% of electricity consumption
  • Compensation for subscription comes from a proportional share of electricity, virtually net metered, and renewable energy credits.

Utility

  • Must buy 6 MW of solar garden electricity by 2013
  • Half must come from solar gardens smaller than 500 kW via a standard offer.
  • Must encourage solar gardens with renters and low-income subscribers – 5% of CSG capacity is reserved for customers at or below 185% of the federal poverty limit.
  • Can own up to 50% of a solar garden
  • RECs from solar gardens cannot add up to more than 20% of the utility’s retail distributed generation obligation under the state’s RPS.

Related links:

ILSR

ACORE

Triple Pundit

CO Springs Gazette

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