Solar energy produced in the heart of Colorado
In Boulder County, off of North 95th St, over 3,200 solar panels will create 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!
Jack's Solar Garden Artist on the Farm 2021 Request for Applications!
Photo by Werner Slocum/NREL
Application Process Applications are due on World Wildlife Day, March 3rd, 2021. Applications can be submitted as either a 5-minute video, a 2-page written document, or in two collages of photos and images. We request the application share the experience of the artist, the style of artwork the artist will employ, the methods in which the artist will engage our community in learning about Jack’s Solar Garden, confirmation the artist lives in Boulder County, and how we can contact the artist.
Applications will be reviewed for creativity and the extent to which the community will be engaged by the artist. Extra credit is provided to those with ideas on art that Jack’s Solar Garden can replicate to send home with tourists visiting our community solar garden.
Jack’s Solar Garden will review the applications and publicly announce the 2021 Artist on the Farm on World Water Day, March 22nd . Please send questions, and your submissions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack’s Solar Garden will sponsor a 2021 Artist on the Farm who we want to showcase what our work means to the community and engage the community through their art. We believe in the creativity of artists and want to support local artists as their work can inspire how our community does business.
We will support an artist based in Boulder County with an upfront $500 to help purchase supplies and pay for transportation when they are selected and an additional $500 after a fall event here at Jack’s Solar Garden where the artist will display their work. Jack’s Solar Garden requests to keep one of the created pieces and will be of assistance to the artist in selling their artwork through social media posts, on-site events, and letters of support.
In 2020, we had our very first Artist on the Farm, Rachael Scala. She came to our farm throughout the season to get inspiration and learn about our work. She hosted a community art day in August and displayed her finished artwork at the end of September underneath our solar panels.
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. Front Range schools will be invited to tour our farm to show kids the future of solar + agriculture.
What does it mean to be a residential subscriber?
Pay a one time subscription
Residents can pay a one time upfront fee similar to buying solar panels for your roof. No further payments will be due to Jack’s Solar Garden for the duration of your subscription.
The solar garden is built
Jack’s Solar Garden has been operational since November 2020! Subscribers are invited to contact us for a tour and to participate in seasonal farm events for years to come!
Receive a credit on your monthly energy bill
Not only does your subscription support myriad social and environmental benefits, but you will receive monthly bill credits against your Xcel Energy electricity bill.
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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