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GRID Alternatives Community Solar Project

Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA), GRID Alternatives Colorado (GRID) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) partnered to develop a community solar array is 100% dedicated to income qualified YVEA members. Members participating in this program will receive a bill "off set" from the energy produced by their portion of a community solar array.

Who is GRID Alternatives?

GRID Alternatives Colorado is a nonprofit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. GRID brings together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power for lower-income households, providing energy cost savings, hands-on installation experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits everyone.

What is community solar?

An analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests that “between 50% and 75% of households and just over 50% of businesses are unsuitable to host PV systems on their roofs because of shade, orientation, structural factors, or ownership issues.” 

In community solar gardens, participants get the benefits of energy from the sun as if the solar system was on their roof, but their solar panels are located offsite away from their home in a larger, shared community array.  For more information on GRID’s Community Solar Program visit:  http://www.gridalternatives.org/regions/colorado/about/community-solar

How does this project differ from the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) Array in Craig?

For the CEC solar garden, YVEA decided to have a developer build, own and operate the array.  We wanted to experience how this would work, with our members having a direct relationship with the developer (CEC) instead of through us.  YVEA supports the project, but does not own or control this solar garden.

For the GRID project, YVEA is choosing to experiment with owning, operating and maintaining the garden. GRID will help us build it and support it over time. 

Who can qualify?

To qualify for this program, participants must pay their own electric bill to Yampa Valley Electric and their total household income must be at, or below, 80% of the area median income of their county. GRID generally used previous years’ tax returns as income verification.  This project is limited to Colorado residents because it is funded, in part, by the Colorado Energy Office.  

At this time GRID is no longer accepting applications.   

If you have any questions call or email Brandee (at GRID Alternatives) anytime at (720) 943.5162 or bcooklin@gridalternatives.org.

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