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New solar array for Roaring Fork High School

Jan 14, 2016

A new solar array at Roaring Fork High School will soon fully power the school.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  There’s a ribbon cutting this month in Carbondale for the largest new solar power array on a school with Roaring Fork School District.

A field of panels next to Roaring Fork High School will soon fully power the building. Katharine Rushton is with Sunsense Solar, a private company that installed the array. She says it was spearheaded by students and has been in the works for more than a year and a half. “These kinds of deals aren’t easy to put together, there’s a lot of stakeholders,” she explained Thursday. “ I really think it’s these students that helped us keep moving forward even though there were many roadblocks and hurdles for us to overcome.”

The array was financed by a third party as an investment, and the school now pays energy bills to that entity. The rates are lower than what was previously charged by the utility provider Xcel Energy.