Denver Solar Developer Stimulus Powered

You might or might not think much of President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus – more formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – but we call tell you who definitely loves it: E Light Wind and Solar and its employees. The Denver-area solar developer has been racking up tons of business outfitting government offices with solar power systems – the latest a just-completed carport project that will come online by the end of the year, the company said.

The project actually consisted of 14 carports at four buildings at the Denver Federal Center, a sprawling complex in Lakewood, which adjoins Denver. The panels installed at the center now cover 600 parking spaces and add up to 1.6 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity. Laid end-to-end the panels would run for nearly 5.5 miles, the company said.

image from E Light

Earlier at the same complex, E Light had done two fixed position field arrays that total 2.39 MW. And before that, it installed 14,612 roof-mounted solar panels on three big buildings at the center, providing another 3.5 MW of power. Yes, they appreciate the work.

“In a down construction economy, this project has allowed our company to diversify our services and train our employees in new skillsets,” said Perry Herrmann, president and CEO of the company, which grew out of E Light Electric, a commercial electrical contractor. (The way the company seized new opportunities as a solar installer is explored in some depth in a good article in the American Business Journal.)

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.