Building A Backyard Greenhouse with the Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group

backyard greenhouse, Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group

The plastic went on quickly, then we attached it with wiggle wire. 

On October 12, a group of 10 or so intrepid plant geeks got this greenhouse framework enclosed! Building A Backyard Greenhouse with the Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group

Attaching the plastic to the frame was “wiggle wire,” which I’d never seen before. Clever idea:

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What a fun project!

Ever Heard of Solar Gardens?

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Clean Energy Collective is a for-profit company that builds and operates medium-sized photovoltaic installations called “solar gardens.” As an electric user, you can purchase a solar panel or panels in a solar garden and receive a credit for the electricity the panels produce.

The basic idea is the same as a solar installation on your own roof, with a few advantages:

  • The PV array is located in a suitable location, free from any trees or other potential obstructions.

  • You don’t have to modify your home or business.

  • You own the panels, but don’t need to own a home, so renters can buy and support renewable power too.

  • CEC will maintain the panels, inverters, and so on for the life of the installation.

Last Saturday I joined about 30 other people at the company’s Cowdery Meadows site for a tour. This 500 kW project uses 2016 photovoltaic panels, and is located outside Boulder, near Superior, Colorado.

More info:

Clean Energy Collective

Solar Gardens Community Power

Summit Daily

solar installation, photovoltaic, renewable energy

Mke Dow of Clean Energy Collective talks with attendees at the Cowdery Meadow solar garden facility.