Solar energy produced in the heart of Colorado
In Boulder County, off of North 95th St, over 3,200 solar panels creates a 1.2 MW community solar garden – enough to power over 300 homes. Jack’s Solar Garden will be a model for farmers along the Front Range on how to produce renewable energy while improving agricultural production via agrivoltaics.
Jack's Solar Garden is nationally significant
Agrivoltaics is the co-location of solar power and agricultural production. It is not a new idea, but is not in widespread use.
Jack's Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics
system researching a variety of crop and vegetation growth under solar panels not just in Colorado, but in the US!
Come Take a Tour with the
Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center
Jack's Solar Garden is partnering with the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center (a nonprofit project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center) to connect students and community members to clean energy, local food, and responsible land use management through agrivoltaics. Through on-site tours of Jack's Solar Garden, the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center will teach and inspire you about how our society can improve our land use management practices by combining two known practices - agriculture + solar energy.
Colorado high school science teachers can reach out to learn more about agrivoltaics and set up tours for their students for the fall of 2021 / spring of 2022 by emailing email@example.com.
Private tours and presentations about Jack's Solar Garden and agrivoltaics are also offered - see www.coagrivoltaic.org/schedule-a-tour to learn how.
Photo by: Werner Slocum/NREL
Part solar farm, part garden, and a whole lot more
Researchers are partnering with Jack’s Solar Garden to study growing crops underneath and around our solar panels. Audubon Rockies has established a large pollinator habitat around our solar array while a local non-profit farming organization will train young farmers to cultivate crops under our solar panels. The Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center will be inviting local schools and community groups to tour our farm to show kids the future of solar + agriculture.
Thank you to all our Residential Subscribers
All that Jack's Solar Garden is and will be is only possible through the subscriptions of numerous residential subscribers in Colorado.
Thank you so much to our residential subscribers and I hope each of you come out to our farm each year to see what your support is providing to our community.
Subscribers - always feel free to reach out with questions and requests to visit our farm.
Who is Jack?
Jack Stingerie, my grandfather, purchased our family’s 24-acre farm in Boulder County in 1972. He retired here and farmed hay and alfalfa until he passed away in 1980. Since then, the farm has passed to his daughter and my mother, Eloise Kominek. In 2018, Kurt Kominek, my father, and I founded Jack’s Solar Garden in memory of and thanks to Jack for the opportunity to do more with this land for our community.
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