Golden Says Yes to Solar Initiatives
With 81% of the vote, Golden voters also passed solar question 2A with 4,140 votes in favor and 929 against. The initiative authorizes City Council to contact the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners and discuss revision of the City’s lease on the Rooney Road Sports Complex property to allow the use of up to 15 acres of undeveloped property for future renewable energy facilities.
Now, the most frequently asked question is “How soon can I sign up for a solar energy subscription?” In reality, we are many months to several years away from a viable solar project, where residents and businesses could subscribe to the energy produced by a solar garden. In the coming months, staff will research financial feasibility, engineering requirements, and invite Jefferson County representatives to discuss potential lease amendments.
More Golden residents voted on the solar question than in all four Ward elections combined, sending a clear message that a community solar project is an important step in reaching Golden’s renewable energy goals.
This aerial photo shows the boundaries of the Rooney Road Sports Complex. The area is currently leased from Jefferson County and is designated for recreational use and houses a number of athletic fields. The County is open to discussing a modification to the lease agreement for the Rooney Road Sports Complex to expand the allowable land uses to include a renewable energy facility.
Potential Community Solar Garden Aerial View
CSM’s senior design class surveyed the site for feasibility. This aerial footage was created for illustrative purposes only, no project is planned at this time.