US Solar celebrates its first solar gardens in Colorado – Low Calorie Diets Tips

PUEBLO, Colorado – US Solar today announced groundbreaking for USS Giveback, its first community solar gardens with Black Hills Energy in Pueblo, Colorado. With enough capacity to power over 600 Colorado homes annually, the 2 MW, 500 kW Solar Gardens will power low- to middle-income businesses, residents, municipalities and service organizations in the greater Colorado area. As part of its commitment to Black Hills Energy and the community, US Solar is donating $100,000 to 10 local nonprofit and community organizations.

“We call these projects USS Giveback because that is our goal. We are committed to giving back to the communities that host our solar gardens by providing wide-ranging benefits such as these donations, savings on energy bills and putting more clean energy into the local grid,” said Reed Richerson, COO of US Solar. “Our largest donation to date will go to ten different organizations that serve communities in Pueblo and the greater Colorado area. We were thrilled to share these donations at the Pueblo Summer Solstice Festival.” Donors include local schools, food banks, health resource organizations and housing services.

Community Solar is a program that makes solar energy more accessible and allows multiple individuals, families and businesses to participate in a large project called the Community Solar Garden. A Community Solar Garden Sunscription℠ from US Solar allows businesses and individuals to benefit from solar energy without the expensive upfront costs and hassle of installing solar panels on their property.

“As a new solar customer, I now see the benefits of adding solar power to our community. Even more exciting is the benefit to the families we work with,” said Zane Grant, executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA of Pueblo). CASA of Pueblo is one of US Solar’s beneficiaries. “This community solar project will make a difference for our citizens by removing some of the financial burden and stress of accessing solar power while benefitting our precious environment.”

Community Solar Gardens provide holistic environmental and community benefits. US Solar is a leader in adopting region-specific, native, deeply rooted prairie and pollinator habitats that restore and improve soil health while improving air quality in the surrounding community. US Solar strives to work with local vendors and partners to bring economic benefits to the community in addition to direct financial benefits to subscribers. Community Solar Gardens also bring important infrastructure upgrades to the local energy grid.

US Solar is developing 14 Community Solar Gardens in Colorado and is currently subscribing to its Community Solar Gardens for Colorado Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy customers. US Solar has worked with over 100 municipal and commercial customers and nearly 3,000 residential customers. Businesses, residents and affordable housing providers can sign up for a Sun subscription at us-solar.com.

About US Solar

United States Solar Corporation (“US Solar”) makes solar energy accessible with simple solutions that are easy on the wallet and on the planet. US Solar is a developer, owner, operator and financier of solar generation and energy storage projects with a focus on emerging government markets and community solar programs. US Solar helps residents, government agencies and businesses reduce electricity costs with local, renewable energy. For more information on partnering with US Solar, visit www.us-solar.com/partner. For more information about US Solar and Solar Garden Sunscriptions, visit www.us-solar.com.

About donation recipients

CASA of Pueblo: CASA of Pueblo advocates for abused and neglected children by training volunteer advocates to speak up and fight for children.

POSADA of Pueblo: Posada of Pueblo provides housing and supportive services to empower homeless people and families in Pueblo County.

Health Solutions: Health Solutions provides medical and behavioral health services to enable Pueblo Area members to live, work, and contribute in their chosen community.

Care and Share Food Bank: Care and Share delivers food to partner kitchens and eateries throughout southern Colorado to expand access to fresh, nutritious food across the region.

Pueblo Community College: Pueblo Community College serves over 9,300 students and started a solar certification and training program in 2021. They are working to expand this program to include cleaner energy sectors such as electric vehicle technicians.

Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, such as training, technical assistance and financial support to address the challenges facing rural communities.

Southeast Health Group: Southeast Colorado’s Southeast Health Group provides 24/7 behavioral health crisis interventions and an integrated approach to medicine for community members.

Otero Child Development Services – Head Start: Child Development Services Head Start provides early childhood education services, parent education programs and community partnerships in the Pueblo region.

Pueblo School District 60: Pueblo School District 60 serves over 15,000 students in the city of Pueblo, with a profile reflecting 80% of students who qualify for free and discount lunchtime programs.

Pueblo County School District 70: Pueblo County School District 70 educates over 8,000 students throughout Pueblo County and strives to educate students to gain the skills to engage with a rapidly changing world.

Courtesy of US solar.


 

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