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Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

Colorado Springs Utilities announced Friday its intent to award a contract for the design, construction and operation of its newest Community Solar Garden project to a local company and its engineering partner. The ITA was offered to Pikes Peak Solar Garden LLC, a joint venture of Springs-based SunShare LLC and Hawaii-headquartered Sunetric, according to the… Continue Reading Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

Solar gardens project draws competition

More than a month after Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a plan that would double the scope of the city’s community solar garden program, 10 contractors expressed interest in doing business in the local market. During a mandatory pre-proposal conference held by Colorado Springs Utilities last week, the 10 companies — half… Continue Reading Solar gardens project draws competition

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Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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A former employee of local solar power development company SunShare recently filed a civil suit against the firm and its owner for allegedly failing to pay him $60,000, according to court documents. Nicholas Hellbusch, a certified public accountant who worked for SunShare shortly after owner David Amster-Olszewski founded the company in June 2011, claims in… Continue Reading Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

What’s renewable energy — and what isn’t? Those two questions became critically important to senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities when a voter-approved initiative in 2004 required that electric utilities derive a certain percentage of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources. Currently, municipally owned electric utilities in Colorado serving more than 40,000 customers must… Continue Reading How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

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When the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association recognized Denver as a Solar Friendly Community earlier this month, some conservation leaders in Colorado Springs wondered if this city could meet criteria. The program is mostly focused on improving the soft costs associated with installing solar, said Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director for COSEIA. She spoke to… Continue Reading Group aims to make solar easier to install in Springs

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SunShare installs donated panels at CC

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SunShare 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… Continue Reading SunShare installs donated panels at CC

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The Bureau of Land Management is interested in establishing a competitive process to issue right-of-way leases for solar and wind energy development on public lands. The federal agency published an advance notice of proposed rule-making, and is seeking public input in the process. The BLM wants to create new rules to ensure fair access for… Continue Reading BLM seeks public input about leasing land for alternative energy

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Springs’ solar market looks bright in 2012

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Colorado Springs’ solar industry took a few big steps forward in 2011 and appears poised for even more advances in 2012. Solar gardens, tax rebates and policy changes are all anticipated to expedite the industry in the coming year. SunShare, a start-up founded by 24-year-old Colorado College graduate David Amster-Olszewski, was the first in the… Continue Reading Springs’ solar market looks bright in 2012

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A groundbreaking ceremony today for the SunShare community solar garden was  hijacked by a dozen Occupy Wall Street protestors who showed up to confront Gov. John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper was there to tout the project, the first  solar garden of its kind in the state, that will allow customers to lease solar panels and receive utility bill credits… Continue Reading Wall Street protesters occupy SunShare groundbreaking

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Community solar garden gets first site

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The first community solar garden in Colorado Springs is set to break ground… Continue Reading Community solar garden gets first site

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