Complete System (640x480)Scotch Pines Village (Project Owner) and Bella Energy Inc. (Solar Developer and Contractor) have completed the first solar project on Sprouts at Scotch Pines Village under the Fort Collins Utilities’ Commercial Solar Purchase Program. This program offers businesses the opportunity to install a solar photovoltaic system (PV) and receive payment under a 20-year contract for the electricity.  The program, called a Feed-In-Tariff, is the first of its type in Colorado and one of the first in the country. The community benefits from this project in helping to meet the Colorado Renewable Energy Standard for utilities and city climate wise goals in reducing the carbon footprint of the town.

The solar electric system consists of 319 modules or 95.7 kilowatts of solar modules mounted on the roof of the Sprouts Grocery.    It will produce about 136,400 kilowatt hours of electricity every year and reduce carbon in the community by about 252,000 pounds per year.

Scotch Pines Village, a partnership comprised of a number of local investors, will own the system.

“We are very pleased to be part of Ft. Collins’ efforts to promote solar energy.  This project made sense as both a good investment and for environmental stewardship”

Dave Sitzman
Managing Partner, Scotch Pines Village

Bella Energy Inc, with 30 years of experience in solar energy, will maintain and operate the system.

“Bella Energy has worked diligently to make the project a reality. We have been involved in solar in Ft. Collins for many years, and we are pleased to be part of this exciting new commercial solar program”

Jim Welch
CEO, Bella Energy

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