Colorado Community Solar Projects Awarded
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Xcel Energy Colorado recently awarded 27 megawatts (MW) to 14 bidders from its recent Solar*Rewards Community request for proposal (RFP). Eight Colorado counties will have community solar gardens (CSG) developed, including 2 MW in Morgan County, which does not currently have a CSG. The awards also will give customers in Lake and Summit counties increased availability by more than doubling the current capacity online.
The additional 27 MW will join another 73 MW that already are progressing towards interconnection. With nearly 40 MW already operating and an expected 80 MW to be operational by the end of 2018, the Solar*Rewards Community program will have doubled in on-line capacity each of the last two years, with further growth through 2019.
"We have experienced significant success with community solar gardens since the inception of the program. Our announcement shows that we are continuing to pursue all opportunities to give our customers the choices they desire," said Alice Jackson, president, Xcel Energy Colorado.
These RFP awards include bids with low-income carve outs that will equate to 7 MW of capacity specifically going to Xcel Energy's qualified low-income customers. This will be in addition to the 4 MW of active low-income capacity and the 5 MW in development. Together, these projects will create 16 MW of active capacity online by 2019 for low-income customers.
The Solar*Rewards Community program advances Xcel Energy's progress toward clean energy that the company expects will take its Colorado system to 55 percent renewable energy by 2026. Xcel Energy will launch a low-income RFP with 4 MW of capacity in the next month and the 2018 program RFP with more than 30 MW of capacity in the third quarter of 2018.