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First Community Solar Facility Coming to Aurora, Colorado
Thursday, October 04, 2012

First Community Solar Facility Coming to Aurora, Colorado

Clean Energy Collective building community-shared solar array near DIA

Carbondale, Colo. (October 4, 2012) Clean Energy Collective (CEC) announced today that it will build the first community-owned solar garden to serve the residents and businesses in Aurora, Colorado. Part of Xcel Energy’s new Solar*Rewards Community program, Xcel Energy customers in the City of Aurora and Adams County will gain the opportunity to use clean, renewable energy without the hassle or cost of putting a system on their roof…or even needing to own a roof.

Partnering with Denver-based Solar Power Financial, Clean Energy Collective will develop a 500 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilityon retired farmland just southeast of Denver International Airport.

Any Xcel customer in the City of Aurora and Adams County will be able to purchase solar panels in themore than 2,100-panelarray, as few as one panel or enough to completely power their home or business. Theywill receive financial benefits in a similar manner as if the panels were installed on their roofs, and be credited directly on their monthly Xcel bills for the power their panels produce.

The array will be sited and maintained to operate at peak efficiency, delivering clean, dependable power for 50 years.This is especially attractive for renters, those with poorly sighted properties, andindividuals of modest income levels.

"Never before has the opportunity to use clean renewable energy been available to so many people in Aurora and Adams County,” says Paul Spencer, founder and CEO of Clean Energy Collective. “Community-based renewable energy solutions are an important part of our energy future, and it’s exciting to see Colorado leading the nation in community-owned solar.”

In 2010, Carbondale, Colo.-based Clean Energy Collective built the first community-owned solar facility in the country. In two short years since, CEC has partnered with seven utilities and has 14 projects operating or under construction, representing more than 5,300 kW of community-sited solar PV in three states. In addition to six other sites in the Xcel Solar*Rewards Communityprogram, including arrays in Denver (2), Summit (2), Jefferson, and Boulder counties, CEC is developing the largest community-owned solar garden in the country with San Miguel Power Association in southwest Colorado as well as solar gardens in New Mexico and Minnesota.

Xcel customers interested in participating in the Aurora community solar project can contact CEC at (800) 646-0323 or moreinfo@morecleanenergy.com.

About Clean Energy Collective

Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is a developer of community-based renewable energy facilities and a national leader in community power generation. CEC has pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. The CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeter® system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power credited directly on their monthly utility bills, without modifying their home or office.

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