Colorado Springs-based SunShare is expanding into Colorado and California.SunShare-200x300

The solar-garden manufacturer said it expects the moves will grow the company 20-fold during the next year. It’s keeping its headquarters here, at least for now, but will open offices in Denver, as well as California.

SunShare hit the scene in 2011 with a plan to allow residences to connect to the region’s first solar garden and reduce their utility bills. The program won city favor and received subsidies for its service, but then fell out of favor when a new City Council was elected this year. The Council nixed the subsidies, but will consider a smaller-scale project at its Aug. 13 meeting.

But, that apparently hasn’t stopped SunShare, which announced today that it was selected to build the majority of a community solar garden for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The company has also struck deals to provide solar gardens in Adams, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties.

SunShare founder  David Amster-Olszewski credits Colorado Springs Utilities board members and staff for his company’s early success and the ready adoption of similar programs elsewhere in the nation.

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