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Breckenridge home to first solar projects in Summit County, Colo.

Tuesday, October 8th 2013 1:24 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
Breckenridge home to first solar projects in Summit County, Colo.

Breckenridge, Colo., is home to two new community-shared solar projects. The solar installations, called the Breckenridge Sol Array and the Breckenridge Ullr Solar Array were developed by the Clean Energy Collective, and are the first solar projects in Summit County, Colo.

The town of Breckenridge named the projects Ullr after the Norse god of snow, and Sol, the gold of sun. The 500 kilowatt installations can produce enough power for 200 residents in Summit County.

The arrays allow county residents and businesses to benefit from solar energy even without mounting solar panels on their own property. The projects are also part of Xcel Energy's young Solar Reward Community program. Xcel's customers are able to purchase 235-watt solar panels at the Sol array for $870 each. Customers can purchase a minimum of five solar panels and a maximum of however many is needed to completely power their home or business. The Ullr array is completely sold out, the Clean Energy Collective said.

Breckinridge and businesses also will receive a rebate of $0.10 per watt.

"Today, Breckenridge and Summit County residents have access to affordable clean power and can feel good about how they're energy is generated," said Paul Spencer, CEC's founder and president.

The town of Breckenridge will purchase whatever solar panels Xcel customers do not buy, the Boulder County Business Report said.

Grand opening ceremony
When the solar projects were debuted in late September, Breckenridge Mayor John Warner said the installations bring the town one step closer to becoming a renewable energy leader, Summit Daily reported.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, a company owned by Breckenridge town councilman Mike Dudick, is one of the largest investors in the Sol array, buying about $1 million of solar power, the source said.

Benefits of the community solar projects
Jen Schenk, High Country Conservation Center executive director, told the source the solar projects are great for those that cannot install solar panels on their own property.

"Everyone can't just put solar on their rooftops," she said, according to Summit Daily. "So it's great to see this here."

The town said the projects also mean residents do not have to drill holes in their roof for the installation and the energy savings can be transferred to a new address should a resident move within Summit County. Another benefit is subscribers can sell their panels at any time, the town said.

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