GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the next two days, Grand Valley Power (GVP), an electric cooperative utility, and GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer, will complete installation of the country’s first utility-sponsored community solar array serving low-income households. The 29-kilowatt array will provide low-cost solar power to eight hardworking families in GVP’s service area and serve as a national model for clean energy access. The installation, which broke ground in March, is being completed during GRID Alternatives Colorado’s Community Solarthon event with help from over 100 community volunteers and job trainees.
“Why are we doing this?” says Tom Walch, GVP’s General Manager. “We believe that solar powered generation is an idea whose time has come. Community solar is the best way to harness this developing technology.