Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) has installed a new community solar garden on the roof of its headquarters’ shop building. FERC issued its order accepting Tri‐State’s Policy 119 for community solar gardens and GCEA’s contract on the HQ community solar garden. It was accepted subject to refund and set for settlement, hearing, and consolidating with Tri‐State Policy 115. This effectively extends the final determination but does allow us to energize the HQ solar array.
The array is approximately 101 kilowatts (kW), which is 5 times the size of the current solar garden in Crested Butte. GCEA is leasing the 342 solar panels in this new array at an affordable rate, either on a month-to-month or annual basis.
GCEA is also working with other entities to develop additional community solar arrays and hopes to have one or more additional projects completed this year.
View our Crested Butte Community Solar Garden article for the history of the Crested Butte Solar Garden.