A community solar farm, largest in the region, is being built on 9 acres of land near the Larimer County Landfill by the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) in partnership with GRID Alternatives Colorado, a non-profit organization based in Denver.
Nearly 6,000 solar panels will be in the 1.95-megawatt array, producing enough electricity from the sun to power nearly 300 homes. It will tie into existing utility lines for delivery to Larimer, Weld, and Boulder counties.
More than a third of the electricity produced will be offered at a reduced rate to PVREA households whose income level is at or below 80% of the median in their county. Reduced-rate subscriptions are also available to non-profits. An estimated 300 PVREA members will be able to offset a portion their bill with locally generated electricity for the 20-year life of the project, notes PVREA.
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