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Join us live online Wednesday February 11th at 9 AM PT - 10 AM MT - 11 AM CT - 12 Noon ET
To hear Rich Swope, Senior Project Engineer, Colorado Springs Utility

Colorado Springs, Colorado was a pioneer in the area of constructing solar gardens. At this time, they have 2 solar gardens up and running and another under construction. During this presentation you will learn about the benefits of solar gardens to the city as well as how to avoid some of the problems that were made in the structure and management of these projects.

Topics Covered include

  • Legislative Background and Issues
  • The Beginnings of Community Solar in Colorado Springs
  • Community Solar Garden Pilot Program Tariff Development & Rules Development
  • Current Community Solar Garden Participation and Feedback
  • Lessons Learned from the Pilot Program
  • New Community Solar Garden Program Tariff Development & Rules Development
  • Benefits to Colorado Springs

About the presenter . . .

Richard Swope

Rich Swope is a Senior Project Engineer with Colorado Springs Utilities. He received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio before eventually becoming a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineer at I.A Naman + Associates in Houston. After two years Rich was recruited by HEB Grocery company to become their HVAC Design Supervisor. While at HEB he started his transition into the energy management and renewable energy fields. In 2005 Rich fully embraced energy management as a career and became the commercial energy auditor for CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned gas and electric utility serving over 765,000 customers over a 1,515 square mile territory in San Antonio Texas. The move to Colorado Springs Utilities came in 2011 when Rich assumed the duties of program manager for commercial energy rebates and the Community Solar Garden program. Rich currently holds certifications in Energy Management, Energy Auditing, Demand Side Management, Sustainable Development and Power Quality. In his spare time Rich is the Operations Officer for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Special Communications Unit providing communication support for Law enforcement and El Paso County Search and Rescue.



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