Pivot Energy, Standard Solar complete 2 MW of Community Solar in Colorado

March 3, 2022
The project is the fifth and the final project in a series of community solar developments launched by the firms in 2019. This latest project in Jefferson County was funded by Standard Solar, which is its long-term owner and operator

Two solar firms, Pivot Energy and Standard Solar, worked together to complete a nearly 2 MW solar project in Jefferson County, near Lakewood, Colorado and achieved their goal of 8.9 MW of solar power in the state.

The projects, they say, will offset greenhouse gas emissions roughly equivalent to taking 2,671 cars off the road in a single year.

The project is the fifth and the final project in a series of community solar developments launched by the firms in 2019. This latest project in Jefferson County was funded by Standard Solar, which is its long-term owner and operator.

“These five projects are a step toward meeting the growing demand for clean energy across Colorado, all while supporting jobs and bringing myriad economic benefits to the local communities,” Jon Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Project Development for Pivot Energy, said. “Our partnership with Standard Solar has been a tremendous success in expanding access to solar for more Coloradans, and we look forward to continued solar development in the state and across the nation.”

More than 110 kW of the project’s capacity is for the low-to-moderate income segments of the community. Local municipalities are among the off-takers – over 500 kW each for the town of Eaton and Garfield County and nearly 75 kW for the Town of Parachute.

The Grand Junction Airport and Homeward Bound of Grand Valley are also slated to be off-takers.

The other four projects in the series of projects, developed by Pivot Energy and Standard Solar, are located in Garfield County, Jefferson County and Mesa County.

The community solar model enables multiple subscribers to buy part of the power produced and obtain credit on their electricity bill. The model can serve an estimated 50% to 75% of the consumers in the U.S. without access to conventional rooftop installations but who wish to leverage solar energy.

“Community solar is undeniably a key component of the future of clean energy and is set for immense, sustained growth. We are encouraged by the success of these projects in Colorado in expanding equitable access to solar power and committed to funding further development in the community solar sector,” said Shaun Laughlin, Head of US Strategic Development for Standard Solar.