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Fort Collins Community Solar
Acquisition of the Riverside Community Solar Project
On June 16, Fort Collins City Council will consider a resolution to approve the proposed purchase of the community solar array equipment and assets currently held by the Riverside Community Solar Project (also known as CEC Solar #1038, LLC). You can participate in the City Council meeting by phone or view the meeting remotely on FCTV beginning at 6 p.m.
The Community Solar Program offers the option to own a portion of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array for customers who want the benefits of solar ownership but don’t have suitable space or ability to install it where they live. Community Solar participants receive credits on their energy bill for solar power generated by the community solar array.
In 2015, Fort Collins Utilities and Clean Energy Collective developed the Riverside Community Solar Project on the northwest corner of the Mulberry Street and Riverside Avenue intersection. It is currently fully subscribed.
Ownership Transfer of the Riverside Community Solar Project
Utilities plans to acquire Clean Energy Collective’s assets in the Riverside Community Solar Project in 2020. Utilities will credit owner-customer bills the same way they are done today according to the current Community Solar Time-of-Day pricing. Ongoing customer service and operations and maintenance of the array will be provided by Utilities, as well.
After the ownership transfer is complete, existing solar panel owners will be required to sign a new Continuing Customer Agreement with Utilities in order to continue to receive bill credits and remain in the Community Solar Program.
Participants will be contacted by email and U.S. mail regarding details of updating their agreement. See the Continuing Customer Agreement, as well as the Riverside Community Solar Program Rules for details.
Other Renewable Energy Opportunities
Utilities continues to expand renewable energy supply for all customers in collaboration with Platte River Power Authority.
Customers also can choose to receive up to 100% renewable electricity through the Green Energy Program. The Green Energy Program will add solar to the resource mix in 2021.