A small Colorado town is harnessing the power of the sun in a unique way, with floating solar panels.

The floating panels are the first of its kind in Colorado and only the fifth in the U.S.  Working together, the Town of Walden, Johnson Controls, Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives Colorado were able to pull of the first-of-its-kind project.

With a $400,000 price tag, the panels were made possible through a Performance Contract between Johnson Controls and the Town of Walden and was supported by the Colorado Energy Office.

The floating solar array was designed and constructed by GRID Alternatives Colorado, a non-profit with a mission of making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities.

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Read the full report from 4 CBS Denver.