Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative 2010-2011 solar installations

A major project of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, the installation of renewable energy systems on facilities owned or selected by the partner local governments, was carried out in 2010 and 2011.

Department of Local AffairsThe projects were funded by $700,000 of the original NECI grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, plus cash matches from the local government partners and, for most projects, Solar*Rewards rebates from Xcel Energy. To date, the renewables project funding from DOLA has leveraged more than $550,000 in grants from other sources and from utility rebates.

The finished arrays add up to 365 kW of solar electric generating capacity, plus a seven-panel solar hot water system that is estimated to generate 26 million BTUs per year.

Here is a recap of solar projects from Parachute to Carbondale:

Parachute solar flowersTown of Parachute: Installations of 10 kilowatts each at the Town Hall, the water treatment plant and at the Parachute I-70 Rest Area. El Sol of Carbondale was the winning bidder; work is complete.

A unique feature of the project are the three sculptural “solar flowers” installed at the rest area, using triangular solar panels to create the petals of the flowers. Pattillo and Associates engineered the structures and Garfield Steel and Machine Inc. fabricated the framework.
Grand opening event Aug. 27, 2010

Rifle Deerfield Park arrayCity of Rifle: Installations of 10 kilowatts each at the new police department and courts building, 201 E. 18th, the parks maintenance facility at Deerfield Park, and the city operations and maintenance facility, 1221 E. Centennial Parkway. Simplicity Solar East was the winning bidder; work is complete. Grand opening was held May 10, 2010, at Deerfield Park.

Silt Town Hall solar arrayTown of Silt: Installations of 10 kilowatts each at Town Hall, senior housing and the wastewater treatment plant. El Sol of Carbondale was the winning bidder; work is complete.
Grand opening event Sept. 2, 2010


New Castle solar grand openingTown of New Castle: Installation of two arrays totaling 70 kW on two buildings at the new Public Works Facility, 801 W. Main St. This large project was financed through a power purchase agreement with Hybrid Energy Group, installation done by Sunsense Solar of Carbondale.
Grand opening held Jan. 16, 2010.

More info on New Castle's Power Purchase Agreement.

City of Glenwood Springs: Installation of a solar electric system on the Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Drive. 20 kW array; bid awarded to Sunsense Solar of Carbondale, work is complete. Grand opening held Nov. 19, 2010.
Glenwood Springs Community Center

inner workings of the solar thermal system at Carbondale senior housingTown of Carbondale:
Project 1 installation of 29.5 kW of solar electric and 7 panels of solar hot water at Carbondale Senior Housing, 1250 Hendrick Dr. Sunsense Solar and Solar Flair, both of Carbondale, were the winning joint bidders. Additional funding provided by CORE ($25,000) and the Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation ($10,000).
Grand opening held July 9, 2010

Carbondale Third Street Center bi-facial arrayCarbondale Project 2 installation of 1.5 kW bi-facial solar electric entry canopy at Third Street Center. Sunsense Solar of Carbondale was the winning bidder; the project is complete. Grand opening was held June 19, 2010.



Rifle LibraryGarfield Public Library District: Project 1 installation of 53 kW solar electric array on the new Rifle Branch Library, which is under construction. Sol Energy of Carbondale was the winning bidder; work nearing completion. Grand opening held Dec. 9, 2010.

Parachute Branch LibraryLibrary District: Project 2 installation of 10 kW at the Parachute Branch Library. Sol Energy of Carbondale was the winning bidder; work was finished in summer 2010.
Grand opening held
Sept. 11, 2010.

Workers install solar panels on the roof of the Garfield County Riding Arena. Garfield County: Installation of 101.2 kW solar electric system on the riding arena at the fairgrounds in Rifle, using a power purchase agreement to finance the larger system. Sol Energy of Carbondale was the winning bidder, with Rockwell Financial as the holder of the Power Purchase Agreement; installation was completed in early 2011. More info


FAQ on Power Purchase Agreement financing used for the New Castle Public Works Facility 70 kW project

Grand opening events

Rifle Branch Library
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Glenwood Springs Community Center
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Parachute Branch Library
Library renovation & solar array
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

Silt Town Hall, Senior Housing and Wastewater Treatment Plant
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

Parachute Rest Area solar flowers
Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Carbondale Senior Housing
Friday, July 9, 2010

New Castle Public Works Facility
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

Garfield County Riding Arena
Thursday, April 21, 2011


Solar energy projects
at a glance

Town of Parachute
1. Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way, 9.7 kW roof mount
2. Water treatment plant, 9.6 kW, roof mount
3. Rest Area, 3.6 kW, ground mount solar flowers

City of Rifle
1. Police Dept. and Courts Building, 201 E. 18th St., 10 kW roof mount
2. Parks Maintenance Building, Deerfield Park, 9.4 kW pole mount
3. Operations and Maintenance Shop, 10 kW

Town of Silt
1. Town Hall, 231 N. 7th, 9 kW
2. Wastewater treatment plant, 600 W. River Frontage Rd., 9 kW
3. Senior housing, 701 Home Ave., 9 kW

Town of New Castle
New Castle Public Works facility, 801 W. Main St., 70.5 kW roof mounts on two adjacent buildings

City of Glenwood Springs
1. Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, 20.5 kW solar electric roof mount

Town of Carbondale
1. Senior housing, 1250 Hendrick Dr., 29.5 kW roof mount
2. Senior housing, 7-panel solar thermal
3. Third Street Center, bi-facial building integrated solar canopy, 1.5 kW

Garfield County Public Library District
1. Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., 53 kW roof mount
2. Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, 10 kW roof mount

Garfield County Riding Arena
1. Fairgrounds riding arena,
1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle,
101.2 kW roof mount


Grand totals to date

Installed PV capacity: 365.3 kW

Estimated total annual production: new figure being developed

Value of produced electricity at 8 cents/kWh: new figure being developed

Total cost of projects: new figure being developed

Xcel Energy rebates: new figure being developed

CORE Green Key grant: $25,000

Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation grant: $10,000

Garfield NECI grants: $700,000

Garfield NECI partner match: $25,000