REC Solar completes first Xcel Energy community solar project in Boulder

By: Steve Monday May 20, 2013 0 comments Tags: Andy Noel, Boulder, REC Solar, Tom Sweeney, Xcel Energy

BOULDER - REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric system design and installation, said it has completed a 500-kilowatt community solar project in Boulder.

The Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array is the first community solar project completed under Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards Community program, which allows any customer to directly purchase energy from a solar garden and save money on their electricity bills.

California-based REC Solar designed and built the array and Carbondale-based Clean Energy Collective Xcel Energy logowill operate and maintain the system.

"This innovative model expands solar access to all Xcel Energy customers who are interested in the carbon-reducing and cost-savings benefits of solar, regardless of location or income," said Andy Noel, REC Solar's director of utility scale EPC.

"The program's popularity demonstrates widespread interest from Colorado consumers and businesses in accessing affordable solar power."

Xcel's program extends the cost-savings benefits of solar to groups who previously could not switch to solar, including renters, those with shaded properties and those unable to afford their own solar array.

Homeowners and businesses can purchase as little as one kilowatt or enough to power their entire electricity load.

REC Solar's experience in Colorado and know-how in planning, designing and constructing utility systems has been instrumental to the success of this project," said Tom Sweeney, CEC's chief operating officer.

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