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Energy Outreach helps open solar energy access to low-income consumers

29 Aug. 2017

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Energy Outreach helps open solar energy access to low-income consumers

 

Xcel Energy taking bids for solar projects dedicated to low-income consumers

The next step to helping low-income Colorado energy consumers gain access to renewal energy is underway. Xcel Energy is accepting “requests for proposal” through September for up to four megawatts of community solar gardens through its new Low-Income Solar*Rewards Community program. This would meet the energy needs of up to 2,500 customers.

The new initiative on behalf of low-income Coloradans is part of a settlement negotiated with Xcel Energy by Energy Outreach Colorado and two dozen other interested parties. It was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in November 2016.

The request for proposal seeks projects within Xcel Energy’s service territory ranging in size from the size of a small building’s rooftop to two football fields, or 10 kilowatts to two megawatts. Winning bids are expected to be announced in late November 2017 and come online by May 2019. Low-income consumers will be subscribed through the winning bidders.

“Coloradans, regardless of income level, want to have clean, sustainable and affordable energy for their homes,” said Skip Arnold, EOC’s executive director. “We’re proud to have worked with Xcel Energy and other parties to make this an option for all Colorado energy consumers.”

Xcel Energy will issue similar requests for proposal in 2018 and 2019, culminating with the addition of 342 megawatts of solar capacity.

 

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