Leading community solar developer Clean Energy Collective has entered into a new contract with Spokane, Washingon (US)-based Avista Utilities. Under development is a 425 kW shared solar facility, featuring locally produced photovoltaic panels that will provide Avista’s Washington electric utility customers the ability to participate in local clean power generation. It will be the largest community shared solar facility in the state. With this move into the Pacific Northwest, CEC is now operating its community shared solar model in nine states with 19 partner utilities.
Avista Utilities provides electric service to 370,000 customers across eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Through the Avista Community Solar Program, any residential or commercial electric customer in Avista’s Washington service area - especially those that rent, lease their properties or have shaded roofs - can subscribe to power generated from the 1,512-panel facility and receive credit for the power produced directly on their utility bill. This unique program will feature individual 280-watt panels requiring a $1,400 subscription fee for each, offer a 3.9 year payback and generate over $2.5 million in bill savings for Avista customers.
From an environmental perspective, the program is projected to reduce carbon emissions by 4,000,000 lbs., a number equal to the CO2 absorption power of 6,500 trees. Due to anticipated demand, residential participation will be limited to four panels and commercial capacity will be capped at 2,240-watts, or eight panels.
To ensure equal opportunity and access, Avista will conduct a random selection of registered program applicants - enrolling between 1 June and 17 July – with initial allotment notification being made by 7 August. To enroll, Avista customers are being directed to visit beginning 1 June.
Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is a developer of roofless community solar solutions. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale solar PV facilities accessible to all utility customers. Since establishing the first community solar garden in the country in 2010 near El Jebel, Colorado (US), CEC has built or has under development more than 90 community solar projects with 19 utility partners across nine states, representing 100MW of community solar capacity.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 370,000 customers and natural gas to 330,000 customers. Its service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.6 million. Alaska Energy and Resources Company is an Avista subsidiary that provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska, through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.