Solar generated power continues to grow in Colorado Springs. Today a small crew and a few church members helped assemble Sun Share’s second community solar garden on 4 acres of unused land. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

In a dirt lot adjacent to Good Shepherd United Methodist church in southeast Colorado Springs, 2500 solar panels are being affixed to tall slanted metal bleachers. CEO of the venture David Amster–Olszewski says unlike their first solar garden at Venetucci Farm, this new one butts up to a neighborhood. Many residents have leased panels and Amser-Olszewski says they’ve largely welcomed their new silent neighbor.

There won’t be any apartment buildings or parties or cars or noise in this project for the next 20 years. So I think they really saw that as a benefit to their community, as opposed to building condominiums or apartment buildings.

Church trustee Loy Jones is working with the solar company. Donned in a hardhat and a bright yellow construction vest, he’s helping unload panels with the work crew. Jones says about half the church members live in Fountain and don’t use Colorado Springs Utilities. That means they can’t take advantage of the project.

So I tell them, ‘Hang in there have patience, because hopefully Fountain will have this type of Solar garden before too long’. This is not only a good investment, but a good environmental strategy for everyone.

The church was unsuccessful in previous attempts to develop the land. In exchange, Jones says Sun Share will give the church solar credits to help eliminate their utility costs for over 50 years. Out of the 2500 panels being installed only 300 are left for lease.

Tagged with:
 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
April 25, 2015 | NPR · The powerful temblor hit north of the capital Kathmandu and also killed people in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh. Authorities fear the death toll could go much higher.
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · The first rounds of NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. NPR’s Scott Simon gets an update from ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant.
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon takes a walk through the neighborhoods of West Baltimore to talk with residents in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.
 

Arts & Life

April 25, 2015 | NPR · We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon’s “A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford.”
 

Courtesy of Riverhead Books
April 25, 2015 | NPR · Don’t be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It’s a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, “international cat of mystery” William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR’s Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
April 25, 2015 | NPR · Hatred of bands is often about association — about the story of ourselves that we’re comfortable telling the world.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 25, 2015 | NPR · The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 25, 2015 | NPR · On the eclectic group’s new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that’s hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab