Denver Business Journal – by Cathy Proctor
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 4:00am MDT

Colorado homeowners and business people who want solar power but can’t put a system on their own rooftops soon can buy a share of a “solar garden” instead.
Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) has told state regulators that it hopes to launch its first solar garden — a solar-power system shared by multiple customers — late this fall. “This is a really good way for people who can’t afford solar on their own homes to invest in renewable energies on a communitywide basis,” said Michelle Aguayo, Xcel spokeswoman. The utility wants to generate 6 megawatts of power from solar gardens …

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