Bringing Community Solar to Boulder County and Colorado

In December 2018, Xcel’s Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program accepted an innovative proposal from Jack’s Solar Garden to partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado State University, and the University of Arizona to build a 1.2 MW community solar garden in Boulder County.

Researchers will use this project to study the growth of crops and vegetation under the farm’s solar panels to better understand the newly formed microclimates that can improve the efficiency of the solar panels while also doing a better job conserving moisture in the soils. This co-location of solar panels and agriculture is called agrivoltaics.

Join BCRES in welcoming Byron Kominek, Owner & Manager of Jack’s Solar Garden; Shawn Queenan, Program Manager for the Xcel Solar*Rewards Community program; and James McCall, researcher at NREL’s Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center as they discuss community solar programs in Colorado, the potential of agrivoltaic systems, and how Jack’s Solar Garden will be the largest agrivoltaics research site in Colorado (if not the U.S.)

Additionally, Jack’s Solar Garden will be hosting a free farm tour Sunday, September 8th from 2-3pm at 8102 North 95th St. Longmont. Please email Byron Kominek at to RSVP as there is limited space.

Free event parking is available in Lot 556 (now behind the SEEC building on the East side)
The West Entrance Circle Lot (550) is now only for unloading and short-term parking. What was formerly Lot 556 is now pay-to-park at all times.

6:30 Arrive, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the presentation
8:15 Questions, networking, wrap-up, and clean-up

During the Announcements portion of the evening, we certainly encourage you to share info on upcoming events and/or job postings related to your organization or other organizations. If you have something you want to share with the group, and if you want that info posted on our Announcement slides, please send the info via email to

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is dedicated to the advancement of all forms of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and their synergy with sustainability and economic development.