February 7, 2018

Solar and storage facility under construction in Sterling

Kelleher & Sadowsky
Solar panels, like the ones pictured here, will soon be installed on a commercial property in Sterling.

A Miami-based solar energy firm has begun construction in Sterling on a 1.7-megawatt community solar array with storage capacity.

In a press release on Jan. 24, Origis Energy called the system the state's first community solar plus storage project.

The project will feature a 1-megawatt rooftop solar installation with a 1-megawatt energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7-megawatt dispatchable clean energy to the town's ratepayers via a power-purchase agreement.

The town already has solar projects and is approaching the Sterling Municipal Light Department's self-imposed cap on commercial solar capacity, but the storage component reduces concerns about relying on an intermittent power source, said SMLD Chairman Matt Stelmach.

"This project is a very good match for Sterling and will greatly benefit its ratepayers," Stelmach said.

Construction began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of March, according to Origis.

Just over 4,000 solar panels will be installed on a commercial property owned by a Sterling resident and attorney.


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