SunShare installs donated panels at CC

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SunShare installs donated panels at CCSunShare finished installing 19 kilowatts of donated solar panels on the roof of the Children’s Center at Colorado College Tuesday.

The system is just one of two donated solar installations the Colorado Springs startup solar company will put in this week. The other is a 14-kilowatt system at the Colorado Springs School.

“The reason for donating the panels is that we want to give back to the community,” said Karen Gados, community outreach coordinator for SunShare.

She said the company has had a successful year selling community solar gardens and wants to help area schools achieve their sustainability goals.

“CC has a plan to become carbon neutral by 2020,” Gados said. “And we’re really excited to be partnering with the CC sustainability office.”

She added that SunShare’s founder, David Amster-Olszewski, is a CC alum. The owner of the solar panel manufacturer, Suniva, also graduated from the school, said Sarah Wood, who is coordinating the CC installation. And SunShare is using Suniva panels for the installation.

In addition to donating the panels, Gados said SunShare is working with CC students and training them to do the installations.