SunShare Community Solar Garden at Venetucci Farm

  • Overview
  • Installation
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RGS Energy is bringing utility-scale solar power to Colorado Springs in the form of the city’s first solar farm. An agreement to build the farm was set up between SunShare, the region’s first community solar company, and Colorado Springs Utilities, with RGS Energy contracted to do the installation. This arrangement allows Colorado Springs residents who would like to use and save money with solar power to do so by leasing panels from the farm instead of having them installed at home.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 29, 2011 where Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper helped place the first of the 2,508 solar panels that will make up the array. Installation was completed and grid-tied in December 2011.

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The 2,508-module array was completed in two phases – the first 300 kW was installed in early December, with the remaining 275 kW going online shortly thereafter. The installation is at Venetucci Farm, a historic farm in Colorado Springs that will receive solar electricity of its own in exchange for providing the land.
Size
575 kW
Production
890,000 kWh/year
PV Modules
Trina 230W (2,508 modules)
Mounting
Ground
Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Online Since
2011
Pounds of CO2
1,353,638
33,840,950
Miles driven
1,406,400
35,160,00
Trees planted
15,736
393,400
*Calculations based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator. System lifetime is assumed to be 25 years.