With its first 10,000-watt community solar arrays sold out, the board of Tri-State member co-op Delta-Montrose Electric Association has approved the construction of two more arrays. The two additional arrays will be stationed along side the current arrays, which are at DMEA’s headquarters in Montrose, Colo., and at the co-op’s Read facility in Delta County.
“We are excited by the members’ enthusiastic response to this program and pleased that our board has swiftly expanded our local power partnership and funded two additional solar arrays,” said Jim Heneghan, DMEA’s renewable energy engineer and community solar array manger. The co-op hopes to have the additional arrays installed by early this summer.
Eighty-four DMEA member-consumers pioneered the local power partnership, leasing portions of the first two arrays in $10 increments. In sum, co-op members invested $75,000 to receive the benefits of solar generated electricity without having to install panels on their own homes or businesses.