Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) Co-op Solar
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) Co-op Solar
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Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) Co-op Solar

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) Co-op Solar

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Fort Collins, CO

Providing equitable and accessible community solar

Awarded:: Participant

Team Information

Team Lead
Milton Geiger
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State
Colorado

Project Description

Project / Program Description

Poudre Valley REA is a co-op, so our members already own our assets, from poles and wires to local generation.  Community solar fits neatly into our over 75-year-old business model, but bringing broadly accessible, cost-effective community solar to our member-owners requires fresh ideas from pioneers like GRID Alternatives and the Colorado Energy Office.  Together our team will implement a replicable and impactful program to broaden access to community solar, particularly for low-income and non-profit members.

Working together, our team will deliver a 1.5 MW(AC) project, with the majority of the system dedicated to non-profit and low-income co-op members.  PVREA will control the project, reducing risk, lowering financing and transaction costs, and providing access to on-bill repayment.  Upfront capital and other barriers to entry, especially for low-income and non-profit members, are greatly reduced, even eliminated, by using cooperative financing and resources.  The project is the foundation of a program to bring truly cost effective, sustainable community solar to our members and co-op members across the country. 

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