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Valley’s Largest Solar Array Goes Online in Missouri Heights
The switch got flipped last week on the newest and largest solar array constructed so far in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Carbondale company Sunsense Solar constructed the vast array over about four months. The winter wasn’t great for skiing, noted Sunsense owner Scott Ely, “but it’s been great for building solar.”
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Carbondale Firm Eyes Expanded Role in Solar Industry
A Carbondale solar-installation company that’s already the largest based in the Western Slope anticipates sunny days ahead.
Scott Ely started Sunsense Solar in 1990 in Boulder and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1992.
“There have been a lot of (solar) businesses in the valley. A lot of them haven’t survived,” he said.
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Sunsense Solar to build a further megawatt of solar capacity in Garfield County
Battlement Mesa Metro District, the Town of Silt and Roaring Fork High School will be sites for new solar energy projects under Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program, winning 20 years of renewable energy credit payments for new solar energy projects.
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Sunsense Solar to build 2 MW Community Solar Farm 
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The center of our solar system is now the focal point of energy development in the Grand Valley. Construction for the community solar garden is set to begin next week at the site on D 1/4 Rd near the 29 Rd bridge after two years of planning.
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Earth Day Celebration with Solar installation on Habitat House
CARBONDALE, Colo., April 23, 2014 – Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork added a cherry on top of its latest project Tuesday when it installed a 4-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to the Carbondale house of Adam and Tanell Lavender.
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Sunsense Solar Wins the SunPower 2013 “Intelegant Award for Excellence
CARBONDALE, Colo., March 18, 2014 – Sunsense Solar, a Colorado-based solar installer and SunPower Premier Dealer, today announced that it has received the national SunPower “Intelegant Award for Excellence” for a 123-kilowatt solar photovoltaic project installed on the roof of the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2013.
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 KYOCERA solar modules prove long term reliability in Colorado 
Scottsdale, AZ – July 31, 2013 – Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that its solar modules installed on three individual sites in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have demonstrated long-term reliability and longevity despite extreme circumstances including a racking failure, high irradiance, freezing temperatures and heavy snow for months each winter.
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Sunsense Solar: SMPA Community Solar Farm
The San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) Community Solar Farm allows SMPA members to purchase modules installed in the system and receive credit on their monthly power bill for the energy that the modules generate. The innovative project was a collaborative effort. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) pioneered a community solar model that facilitates member ownership of collectively owned medium-scale solar generation facilities, and functioned as the project developer. Martifer Solar acted as the primary contractor and was responsible for construction financing and product procurement. Sunsense Solar led the design, engineering and construction efforts for the project.
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Palisade Water Treatment Plant goes solar
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Palisade revealed a project Tuesday a year in the making. The town’s water treatment facility has gone completely solar.
Officials say this 78 kilowatt hour system could prevent more than 2,800 tons of CO2 emissions over 25 years.
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Orchard to start growing its own electricity
A Carbondale church building is set to be home to the town’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic system – and one of the largest roof-mounted systems in the entire region.
The new 88-kilowatt (kW) system at The Orchard, which includes the popular Gathering Center venue for community events, is expected to generate 100 percent of the building’s current electrical consumption.
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