US Solar breaks ground on Community Solar Gardens to power low-income customers in Colorado

June 22, 2022
Called USS Giveback, the 2MW and 500 KW Solar Gardens will generate sufficient energy to power more than 600 Colorado homes annually. It will serve residents, businesses, municipalities and low-to-moderate income service organisations

US Solar announced the groundbreaking of its first Community Solar Gardens with electric and gas utility Black Hills Energy in Pueblo, Colorado.

Called USS Giveback, the 2MW and 500 KW Solar Gardens will generate sufficient energy to power more than 600 Colorado homes annually. It will serve residents, businesses, municipalities and low-to-moderate income service organisations in the greater Colorado region.

Additionally, US Solar will donate $100,000 to ten local non-profit and community organizations, including local schools, food banks, housing support services and health resource organizations.

“We call these projects USS Giveback because that is our goal. We are committed to giving back to the communities that host our Solar Gardens by providing widespread benefits, like these donations, savings on energy bills, and bringing more clean energy online to the local grid,” said Reed Richerson, COO of US Solar.

By signing up for a Sunscription to US Solar’s Community Solar Garden, individuals and firms will have access to solar energy without any upfront costs and the hassle of solar panel installation.

“As a recent solar customer, I am now seeing the benefits of adding solar power in our community. What’s even more exciting is the benefit for the families we work with,” explained Zane Grant, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA of Pueblo). CASA of Pueblo is one of US Solar’s donation recipients. “This community solar project will make a difference for our citizens by removing some of the financial burden and stress of accessing solar power while also benefiting our precious environment.”

The donation recipients include organizations such as CASA of Pueblo, which trains advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system, and housing services provider POSADA, among others.

To date, US Solar has worked with more than 100 commercial and municipal customers and almost 3,000 residential customers. In Colorado, the firm is developing 14 Community Solar Gardens and offering them for subscription by Colorado Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy customers.