Solar Garden founders to host Q&A happy hour at Sonterra Grill

A new solar company that aims to make solar available to the masses will host an informative question and answer session at Sonterra Grill, 28 S. Tejon St., this evening at 5:30 p.m.

SunShare plans to build a community solar garden, which will allow people to lease for a 20-year term solar panels and get credit for the power they generate on their electric bills without having to install systems at home or connect directly to the panels.

The Colorado Springs City Council is considering regulations at its Sept. 27 meeting that will allow the solar garden program to function. Those buying in will see lower-cost panels because of a $2 per watt rebate offered by Colorado Springs Utilities for the panels.

SunShare founder, David Amster-Olszewski, said people will be able to lease the panels for $550 each after the rebate and can purchase a minimum of just two panels, which will cover about 10 percent of the average residential utility bill in Colorado Springs.

Tonight’s happy hour, including free appetizers and information session will give community members interested in learning more an opportunity ask questions of SunShare and utilities representatives.

To learn more about the project, see the story in this week’s Colorado Springs Business Journal.

One Response to Solar Garden founders to host Q&A happy hour at Sonterra Grill

  1. if Colorado springs would allow PPA or leasing structures one could bring to this town deals which you find in other parts of the country:

    No money upfront lease or PPA deals which cut electricity bills.

    One has to just go south (black hills allows these) or north (Xcel energy).

    The result:
    school districts in cannon city and douglas county saved a lot of money
    universities in pueblo and boulder saved a lot of money…
    Cities and counties saved a lot of money

    What about us?

    September 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm