Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Steve Bach are both scheduled to attend tomorrow’s groundbreaking for SunShare’s Community Solar Garden.
The ceremony will be at Venetucci Farm, 5210 South U.S. Highway 85.
The governor and other community leaders will place the first panels in the solar garden at 10:15 a.m., the city said in a press release.
SunShare’s community solar garden was started by David Amster-Olszewski, a Colorado College graduate.
“The program is the first partnership like it in the country that creates free competition in building large solar projects that the community can participate in,” the city said.
“The program opens up solar ownership to all citizens, not just those willing or able to put solar panels on their roof. Instead, Colorado Spring Utilities’ customers lease solar panels in the community solar garden at Venetucci Farm for a period of 20 years for $550 per solar panel (minimum two panels), instead of having the blue panels on their roof.”