Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Solar ‘Gardens’ Let Communities Share Renewable Power – The Great Energy Challenge Blog

In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from "plots" in a "garden" of solar power generation.

The solar garden concept is one way that some progressive, consumer-owned and governed electric cooperatives are integrating renewable energy into their distribution utility offerings. They construct and operate a "garden" of solar power generation with arrays of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which convert sunlight to electricity. Consumers can buy panels outright or subscribe to their output, and the "fruits" of their part of the garden are delivered to them over the cooperative's distribution lines. (See related quiz: "What You Don't Know About Solar Power.")

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Joy Hughes
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Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
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1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Great post. Solar garden is a solar power installation that accepts capital from and provides credit for the output and tax benefits to individual and other investors. Thanks to sharing the useful information...

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