The panels can be purchased by any Yampa Valley Electric Association customer, making access to solar power easy and flexible. Many home owner's associations prohibit the installation of rooftop solar panels, so installing a centralized solar garden is a welcome alternative. Real-estate ownership has long been a barrier to solar panel installation, but the solar garden allows interested individuals to work around that. Purchased panels can be transferred to a different YVSC service address or sold with the property.
The pre-construction pricing is set at a 30% discount compared to the post-contruction pricing, though the panels are expected to sell out before construction begins. "There is little doubt in my mind that few if any will actually pay post-construction pricing because all the panels will be reserved and gone by then. Both community solar gardens installed by CEC in Summit County last year sold out before they even broke ground," said Sam Jones, financial consultant to the sustainability council.
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