Solar project nears completion

Construction has begun on a solar array project at 2930 D 1/4 Road expected to generate $5.3 million in energy savings over two decades for its local subscribers.

California-based solar energy development firm Ecoplexus is building the solar array using local contractors on 10.56 acres of District 51 land in Pear Park. Subscribers to the project will pay their monthly subscription fees by passing credits from Xcel’s Solar*Rewards program back to Fresh Air Energy VIII, another name for Ecoplexus, and receive reduced energy rates in return. Xcel is offering the rewards because the 2-megawatt project will funnel solar power into Xcel’s energy system.

Over the past year, Ecoplexus has gathered subscription agreements from School District 51, Mesa County, the city of Grand Junction, Alpine Bank and the Grand Junction Housing Authority. The school district has a subscription to a 40 percent share of the array’s production capacity, the county has 25.5 percent, the city has 23 percent, Alpine Bank has 6.5 percent and the housing authority has 5 percent.

The 20-year subscription agreements will have to be renewed annually.

Ecoplexus Director of Project Development Bill Brick wrote in an email the project is “expected to become operational this summer.”


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