Namaste Solar was back on campus to expand Colorado State University’s renewable energy portfolio. From 2020 to 2022, Namaste Solar designed and constructed 4.2 MW of solar power across 20 sites. This includes sites on the Main, South, and Foothill campuses and both rooftop arrays and ground mount arrays.
These projects are part of CSU’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030 and will create enough electricity to power the equivalent of 827 homes. This nearly doubles the number of solar installations at CSU.
The project was powered by an agreement with locally-based and Certified B Corporation’s Solaris Energy and Namaste Solar. Standard Solar is the project’s long-term owner and operator.
Namaste Solar installed the 929 kW system for the new Denver Water building and site. There are three distinct arrays: a garage top canopy, a rooftop array, and ground parking canopies. Denver Water’s goal was to build a net zero building designed to be a LEED Platinum building, and the solar arrays were a major component of this design. In addition to offsetting energy usage, the garage solar canopy incorporates rain water collect as part of the on-site wastewater recycling system.
Patagonia hired Namaste Solar to perform the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for commercial solar arrays on four sites in California and Nevada. The two projects in Nevada totaled over 1.3 MW and utilized more than 3,800 panels. One system was a roof mount, offsetting the energy usage at a Patagonia distribution center. The other system a carport array that will provide energy while also providing shade and reducing the urban heat island effect.
Namaste Solar built solar carports and installed EV charging stations for the KONG Company in Golden, CO. In total, the 247 kW system utilizes 595 panels and is estimated to produce 330,750 kWh in its first year of operations. The solar carports will power the production of around 2 million dog toys per year! KONG received a grant for the EV charging stations through the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Regional Air Quality Council’s (RAQC) Charge Ahead Colorado program. They will benefit from Xcel’s SPVTOU rate.
Namaste Solar installed carport solar arrays on two parking garages in downtown Boulder, CO. The two systems combined will have a 499 kW capacity. The garage at 1100 Spruce will be 100% solar powered and the garage at 1500 Pearl will be 65% solar powered. These projects support the city’s efforts to bring local, renewable energy generation to the community, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity generation.
These projects are two of 13 arrays that Namaste Solar is completing for the City of Boulder in 2020.
Funding for the projects is provided by Unico Solar Investors, which will own and develop the installations. Learn more about the City of Boulder’s plan to increase solar capacity at multiple facilities.
Namaste Solar had the privilege of installing nearly 2.3 MW of solar at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) facility in Golden, CO. The project consisted of three arrays installed at three locations, including the research support facility, the parking garage, and a free standing parking structure. Throughout the installations, Namaste Solar received 28 superior safety ratings for safety performance while on the job. NREL is the U.S. primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
IPOWER Alliance partnered with Namaste Solar to complete solar installations for three car dealerships along the Front Range. BMW of Loveland (153 kW), MINI of Loveland (114 kW), and Stapp Interstate Toyota (291 kW) have a grand total of 1,379 solar panels creating an overall system size of 558 kW.
These solar-integrated hail canopies protect cars at the dealerships from hail, reducing insurance-related costs while also reaping the benefits of solar.
Namaste Solar partnered with Real Capital Solutions (RCS), a Colorado-based commercial real estate company, to construct carport and rooftop solar arrays at six locations in the Denver metro area. The project totaled 2.3 MW across all six sites.
Namaste Solar designed and built the 1.6 MW carport located at Peña Station, along with a 259 kW rooftop system for the nearby Panasonic Enterprise Solutions office building. These solar systems are part of a larger solar plus storage microgrid project that also includes a 1 MW (2 MWh) lithium-ion battery. This project is the result of a partnership between Xcel Energy, Panasonic, and Denver International Airport, and is part of larger Peña Station NEXT transit-oriented development.
Namaste Solar partnered with Golden, CO-based construction firm McKinstry to develop three projects for the City of Golden, totaling 342 kW. The Golden project portfolio includes a 260 kW combination roof-mount and carport system for the City Maintenance Department, and a 41 kW combination steel roof-mount and awning array for Public Works. We also installed a 41 kW array for a building at Fossil Trace, which required a unique steel superstructure to comply with the structural constraints of the building.