As of October 1, Gunnison County Electric Association and the town of Crested Butte offer a short-term community solar leasing option for GCEA’s consumer-members.
The Gunnison-based electric cooperative’s community solar garden consists of 20 250-watt solar panels and 52 290-watt panels. For a fee, consumer-members may lease up to five solar panels either on a month-to-month basis or with a longer lease through the town of Crested Butte. The generation will be metered and consumer-members’ bills will be offset with a bill credit with a portion of the total production of the panels they lease. Each panel is anticipated to produce 1.3 kilowatt-hour per day.
This initiative, along with the co-op’s prolific electric vehicle program are just two forward-thinking ways the co-op serves its consumer-members.