Denver-based SunShare, which is developing “community solar” projects which taps into the local community to fund non-rooftop, “solar gardens”, says it has won a competitive bid from Xcel Energy, to build six new “community solar gardens” totaling 12 MW. The company said those developments will serve more than 2,500 residential households in the Denver metro area. The company says it is targeting people who live in apartments, condos, and other developments to help fund solar power developments, and gain the benefit of those renewable energy rates, even though those customers can’t actually install solar power on their homes. SunShare says it expects it will be installing those “solar gardens” in Jefferson County, Adams County, and Arapahoe County. SunShare says it already has more than 27 MW of installec “community solar gardens” in Colorado. David Amster-Olszewski is SunShare’s founder and CEO.

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