TOWN OF RIDGWAY Town buys into solar array

The Community Solar Array, located west of Naturita in Paradox Valley, has a total of 4,854 panels, creating enough electricity to supply roughly 250 homes. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje

The town of Ridgway will buy 10 panels from the San Miguel Power Association's Community Solar Array in Paradox Valley, investing in renewable energy and lowering energy bills over time.

With a net purchase price of $6,940, the town expects to save $2,000 in energy bills over the next 20 years, in addition to realizing the environmental benefits provided by the renewable energy source, according to Town Manager Jen Coates.
Owned and operated by the Clean Energy Collective, the one mega-watt Community Solar Array consists of 4,584 panels.
Each panel is linked in a series of 13 panels and is guaranteed to performed at a minimum of 80 percent efficiency for 25 years.

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