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Generation Solar

Charging ahead on local renewable energy

Arial view of Boulder with shot of solar panels

The Climate Initiatives department created Generation Solar to bring an innovative, collaborative approach to solar procurement across multiple city departments and properties. The city is paying no upfront capital investment costs for the solar and will realize savings in operating costs throughout the life of the new systems. 

The generation solar project is part of the local solar aspect of the 2016 Climate Commitment. Fourteen city facilities will be getting solar panels, bringing 2.5 MW of renewably generated power. This project supports the city’s efforts to bring local, renewable energy generation to the community, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity generation. The entire portfolio begin providing renewable power in December 2020.

The city leases the installation sites to a third-party owner, Unico Solar Investors, and purchases the solar power output generated through separate purchase agreements. This model gives community members greater access and control over a more affordable and sustainable power supply.

Funding for the projects is provided by  Unico Solar Investors, which will own and develop the installations. Boulder-based Namasté Solar  designed and built the solar energy projects.

Generation Solar Installations

  • 63rd Street Water Treatment Plant: 806 kW 
  • 75th St. Water Resource Recovery Facility: 499 kW 
  • Boulder Reservoir Visitor Center: 66 kW 
  • East Boulder Community Center: 73 kW 
  • Fire Station 1: 32 kW 
  • Fire Station 5: 12 kW 
  • Fire Station 7: 15 kW 
  • Fire Station 8 and Fire Training Center: 141 kW 
  • Iris Center: 40 kW 
  • North Boulder Recreation Center: 120 kW 
  • 15th and Pearl Parking Garage: 281 kW 
  • 11th and Spruce Parking Garage: 218 kW