Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sunshare: The one that got away

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM

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David Amster-Olszewski, 28, the founder of SunShare, has landed on Forbes' 30 under 30 list in the energy category.

As the magazine reports: "This year’s standouts are perfecting innovations that could lead to new sources of low-carbon energy and massive energy savings."

Amster-Olszewski's blurb is as follows:
Sunshare is one of the nation's leading developers of community solar, in which communities chip in the cost of building a solar installation on  underutilitized land, then share in the power generated. The first project was in Colorado Springs where he worked with community members,  including the local utility, city council members and businesses to create a 500 MW Solar Garden. He previously worked at PowerLight Corp. and SunPower.
SunShare was born in Colorado Springs where Amster-Olszewski graduated from Colorado College. It's true he's built several solar gardens here, but when the Utilities Board in spring 2013 rolled back its solar program, he moved his company to Denver. Now, he also has an office in Minneapolis, Minn. So much for retaining the much coveted young professionals, eh?

We've written numerous times about SunShare, including here and here.

In July, the company said in a news release:
SunShare’s 2.5 megawatt (MWac) Pikes Peak Solar Garden Site has been turned on and is producing solar energy into Colorado Springs Utilities’ grid. The project is one of five solar garden sites that SunShare has developed throughout Colorado’s largest counties this year, in addition to two solar gardens in operation in Colorado Springs since 2012. These five solar gardens represent one of the largest Community Solar portfolios in the nation. At full capacity, the combined 8.2 MWac Community Solar portfolio is expected to generate approximately 350 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over 20 years, which is enough to power 1,600 typical U.S. homes.

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