This project will nearly double the 6.8 megawatts of on-campus solar CSU currently has, contributing toward CSU’s commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The project will benefit the community as well by employing at least 12 other local businesses, boosting the economy with well-paying green jobs. Work is currently underway and is estimated to be completed by late 2022.
“Our non-profit and local roots have been a guiding north star for us when it comes to serving our community. As a solar finance company, we also deeply value climate solutions and protecting our environment,” said Solaris Energy CEO, Alex Blackmer. “This project brings it all together, with our local university leading the way to boost the local economy and provide a sustainable future for the very students it serves. We’re proud to be a piece of the magic.”
The need for collective action to combat the climate crisis has never been more vital. When the project was first announced in 2020, Colorado was experiencing the two largest fires in the state’s history just miles from CSU’s campus. The fires across the west made national headlines, bringing home the climate and air quality benefits this solar energy project has, as well as other clean energy initiatives, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.