DMEA expands community solar project

Consumers of Tri-State member co-op Delta-Montrose Electric Association (Montrose, Colo.) will soon be able to “plug into the sun” using solar photovoltaic panels without having to install them on their own property.  Under contract to DMEA, Atlasta Solar recently installed two additional 10-kilowatt community solar arrays – one at DMEA’s Montrose headquarters, the other at its Read service center in Delta County. The expansion doubles the capacity of the two sites to 20 kilowatts each. DMEA members were able to start leasing portions of the new arrays beginning July 14.

“Our first two arrays were fully leased in under two months,” noted Jim Heneghan, DMEA’s renewable energy engineer. “There were some members who wanted to lease part of the first solar arrays, but were unable to do so until now. We’re pleased to have this additional capacity to provide more members with the opportunity to receive the benefits of solar power through our local power partnership.”

Through DMEA’s solar tariff approved by the co-op’s board of directors in March, members can lease part of the community solar array for as a little as $10, making the DMEA solar lease program very affordable.

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