Press Release: Colorado Recreation District Exercises Community Solar Strategy for Sustainability, Savings

LOUISVILLE, COLO. (April 25, 2017) – South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD), a Colorado special district that manages a comprehensive network of trails, parks, open space and provides recreational facilities and programs to more than 150,000 residents has tapped Clean Energy Collective’s RooflessSolar program to help meet its environmental stewardship and fiscal sustainability goals. SSPRD’s 2.4 megawatt (MW) community solar subscription will allow it to offset nearly all its power demand from three large recreation centers and reduce its utility costs by more than $1.5 million. This is SSPRD’s second CEC engagement, previously purchasing 170 kilowatts (kW) of RooflessSolar to off-set power consumption of the District’s irrigation systems.

“In a recent survey, our constituents expressed that sustainability was a top priority for the District to address, and CEC’s community solar program enables us to achieve some of the environmental sustainability goals set out in our new Master Plan,” said Brett Collins, South Suburban Park and Recreation’s Director of Planning and Development.

SSPRD subscribed to 4.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar generating capacity, generated by more than 21,000 solar PV panels. The RooflessSolar subscription required no upfront investment, and the monetary value of the energy produced, generated from multiple CEC facilities, will be reflected directly on SSPRD’S monthly utility bills. This value is forecast to be more than $33,600 in year one, and will exceed $1.5 million over the program term.

The program’s structure allows participants to assign credits from the clean energy generation to specific meters under their account. SSPRD is allocating their production credits to cover three of its largest facilities: Goodson Recreation Center, Buck Recreation Center, and Lone Tree Recreation Center. With a combined 5.1 million kWh of power demand per year, SSPRD will be offsetting 93% of the electricity used at these facilities.

“We are excited about South Suburban’s participation in the RooflessSolar program, and hope the positive results serve as a testament to the District’s commitment to reducing costs, creating value, and meeting sustainability goals,” said Kevin Morse, CEC vice president of commercial sales.

CEC, the nation’s leading community solar developer, has built several large-scale, highly-efficient solar facilities throughout Denver and the Front Range to serve Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community program. The flexibility of RooflessSolar provides organizations like SSPRD the ability to offset energy use for multiple facilities with one contract, generate immediate savings, and secure a long-term hedge against rising electricity costs. The solution eliminates the need to secure financing or make a large upfront capital investment, dedicate property or alter facilities to accommodate solar panels, or expend resources for system operations and maintenance.