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.
In Boulder County, off of North 95th St, over 3,200 solar panels creates a 1.2 MW community solar garden – enough to power over 300 homes. Jack’s Solar Garden will be a model for farmers along the Front Range on how to produce renewable energy while improving agricultural production via agrivoltaics.
Agrivoltaics is the co-location of solar power and agricultural production. It is not a new idea, but is not in widespread use. Jack’s Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics system researching a variety of crop and vegetation growth under solar panels not just in Colorado, but in the US.
NextEra Energy, a leading clean energy company, selected Namaste Solar to design, engineer, and manage construction for this array, the largest solar installation in the City of Boulder and Boulder County. The 55 acres on IBM’s Gunbarrel campus uses more than 25,000 solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers, which orient the panels toward the sun to maximize energy production throughout the day. The 10 MW of generating capacity is equal to the amount of energy used to power over 2,200 homes, or removing 14.7 million pounds of CO2 pollution from the air each year. This system contributes 20% to the City of Boulder’s 2020 local renewable power generation target. Twelve sheep graze on-site, an innovative and environmentally friendly means of vegetation management.
Namaste Solar designed and built a new 499 kW ground-mount system at the City of Boulder’s Water Resource Recovery Facility off 75th Street. The city has used 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.
This project is one of 13 arrays that Namaste Solar is competing 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.
Kaiser Permanente is the largest user of solar power among U.S. health care providers, earning it a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2013. Namaste Solar completed ground-mounted solar arrays for Kaiser Permanente totaling 845 kW. This project consisted of a 500 kW array at Kaiser’s Hidden Lake Valley Medical Center in Arvada, CO, and a 345 kW array at the Wheat Ridge Medical Offices in Wheat Ridge, CO.
Unico Solar Investors and Excelsior Energy Capital partnered with Namaste Solar to build the Venture Community Solar Garden in Aurora, CO. The system is made up of 20,000 panels, producing 15,584,800 kWh in year one.
Xcel customers can subscribe to the solar garden, allowing more people the opportunity to experience the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy.
Namaste Solar originated, developed, and built the Solinator Garden to provide solar power for the City of Fort Collins. Working with the system owner, Solaris Energy, Namaste Solar integrated the 2,700 solar panels with a pollinator garden, promoting agriculture, birds, bees, and renewable energy, all on one site. The 1 MW of generating capacity is equal to the amount of energy used to power over 250 homes annually, or 22,088 trees sequestering carbon for 10 years. The system uses modules mounted on a single-axis tracker, which orients the panels toward the sun to optimize electricity generation throughout the day. This project will contribute over 6% towards the city’s 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, and supported over 100 well-paying local green jobs.
Aurora Organic Dairy specializes in helping food retailers throughout the US offer certified organic dairy products. As part of their sustainability goals Aurora Organic Dairy selected Namaste Solar to install this solar array at their High Ridge and High Plains dairy farms. The ground-mounted solar systems generate the equivalent to nearly 100% of the electricity used at High Ridge and approximately 40% at High Plains.
The solar installation at Elizabethtown College utilizes a fixed-tilt racking system. The largest higher education-sited solar array, it is expected to produce around 3,300 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually; this is enough electricity to power more than 300 homes. This project has been generating clean solar energy since early 2016, supplying more than 20% of Elizabethtown College’s annual electricity needs.
The Oxford Solar Project is located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. This ground-mounted system will produce enough energy to offset approximately 15% of 10 tribal buildings’ electricity consumption, helping to reduce the Tribe’s operating costs. In addition, it will allow them to achieve their goals of increasing tribal energy security, improving sustainability, and increasing economic and environmental benefits for the community.