US Solar launches community solar program with $100,000 donation to Colorado organizations

US Solar announced the groundbreaking launch of USS Giveback, the first community solar gardens with Black Hills Energy in Pueblo, Colorado. The 2 MW and 500 kW community solar arrays are intended for low- to middle-income businesses, residents, municipalities, and service organizations in the greater Colorado area. As part of its commitment to Black Hills Energy and the community, US Solar is donating $100,000 to 10 local nonprofits and community organizations.

“We call these projects USS Giveback because that’s our goal. We are committed to giving back to the communities that host our Solar Gardens by providing widespread benefits such as these donations, savings on utility bills and bringing more clean energy online to the local grid,” said Reed Richerson, COO of US Solar . “Our largest donation to date goes to 10 different organizations serving Pueblo and larger communities in Colorado. We were excited to share these donations at the Pueblo Summer Solstice Festival.” Recipients of donations include local schools, food banks, health organizations and housing support services.

Community sun gardens provide holistic environmental and community benefits. US Solar adopts region-specific native deep-rooted prairie and pollinator habitats that restore and improve soil health while improving air quality in the surrounding community. US Solar strives to work with local suppliers and partners to deliver economic benefits to the community in addition to direct financial benefits to subscribers. Community Solar Gardens also bring major infrastructure upgrades to the local energy grid.

US Solar is developing 14 Community Solar Gardens in Colorado and is currently tendering these arrays for Colorado Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy customers.

Donation recipients include:

HOUSE of Pueblo: Pueblo’s CASA advocates for abused and neglected children by training volunteer advocates to stand up and fight for children.

POSADA from Pueblo: Pueblo’s Posada provides housing and support services to help homeless individuals and families in Pueblo County.

Health Solutions: Health Solutions provides medical and behavioral health services to enable members of the Pueblo Area community to live, work and contribute to their chosen community.

Care and share Food bank: Care and Share supplies food to partner food pantries and meal sites in Southern Colorado to expand access to fresh, nutritious food throughout the region.

Pueblo Community College: Pueblo Community College serves more than 9,300 students and launched a Solar Certificate and Training program in 2021. They are working to expand this program to more clean energy areas, such as electric vehicle technician.

Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Rural LISC offers a wide range of services such as training, technical assistance and financial support to address the challenges facing rural communities.

Southeast Health Group: Southeast Health Group provides 24/7 behavioral health interventions, bringing an integrated approach to medicine to community members in southeastern Colorado.

Otero Child Development Services – Lead: Child Development Services Head Start provides early education services, parent education programs, and community partnerships in the Pueblo area.

Pueblo School District 60: Pueblo School District 60 serves more than 15,000 students in the city of Pueblo, with a profile reflecting 80% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch programs.

Pueblo County School District 70: Pueblo County School District 70 educates more than 8,000 students in Pueblo County and seeks to educate students to prepare them with the skills to participate in a rapidly changing world.

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