Poudre Valley REA’s second community farm construction is underway in Fort Collins. Through a partnership with Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the community solar farm provides an opportunity for members of the cooperative to purchase solar power to offset electric use.
PVREA’s initial project was constructed in 2012 at the co-op’s headquarters and was the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado. It was dedicated in August 2012 when 494 solar panels generating 116,090 watts of electricity were energized. With the success of the first array, the PVREA Board of Directors decided to construct a second solar farm. The new array is more than four times the size of the first one at 500,000 watts with more than 2,000 solar panels and will generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually. The array is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.
“We are excited to see the construction of the second solar farm underway, and even more pleased to be able to add this renewable energy option to our members and to PVREA’s energy portfolio,” PVREA CEO Jeff Wadsworth commented.
PVREA members can buy a single 300-watt solar photovoltaic (PV) panel, or purchase enough solar to completely offset their energy usage. Visit www.pvreasolar.com or call 1-800-370-5276 for more information.