Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Green Living: Solar power for everyone!
Something pretty cool is happening in Colorado! The state is the first in the U.S. to adopt the Canadian practice of democratizing solar power! With the introduction of Community Solar Gardens, now solar power is no longer reserved for those with $40 grand, or an expansive sunny rooftop, but available for anyone and everyone who is willing to subscribe. Here is a detailed description about the project as mentioned in the article by John Farrell on Grist.
A solar garden is a 2 megawatt or smaller solar photovoltaic (PV) project with 10 or more "subscribers" living in the same county. The solar gardens can be built by businesses, nonprofits, or utilities, but the operations must be handled by an organization solely devoted to the solar garden and its subscribers. Colorado utilities are required to purchase 6 megawatts of output from solar gardens by the end of 2013.
I hope Colorado is successful in their pursuit of Community Solar Gardens and that other states follow their example!