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Paul Norton and Debra Lew

Debra Lew and Paul Norton

Boulder, Colo. resident Paul Norton and his wife Debra Lew are renewable energy champions. For 15 years, they both worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) before starting their individual consulting practices. Paul founded Norton Energy R&D and develops zero energy home projects, while Debra has started general electric consulting. Following their passion, the couple wanted to install solar ... Read More »

Wynkoop Dental

Wynkoop Dental procedures

The first certified green dental office in Denver, Wynkoop Dental is dedicated to eco-friendly business practices. “It’s something that’s been always important to me,” said Dr. Chelsea Stangl, founder of Wynkoop Dental. As she was finishing dental school on the East Coast, Dr. Stangl was shocked by the amount of waste created in the dental industry. “You’re literally filling a ... Read More »

Community Solar Provides Value, Savings for Municipal Utilities

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The solar industry is growing at an unprecedented rate throughout the U.S. By the end of 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predicts there will be enough solar power capacity installed to power more than 5.8 million homes. Municipal utilities are realizing the benefit of offering their customers the option to use solar energy. Traditional solar can be costly, ... Read More »

Solar Energy Creating Jobs Nearly 20x Faster Than Overall US Economy

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– ARTICLE BY THE SOLAR FOUNDATION –   The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, has released its fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census. The Census found that the U.S. solar industry employed 173,807 Americans in 2014, a figure that includes the addition of more than 31,000 solar jobs over the previous year, representing 21.8 percent ... Read More »

Partnership Program Generates Cash, Credibility for Community Groups

Community Partner Program

Community groups and businesses that value environmental stewardship are building their reputation and earning cash through a unique partner program. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a community solar developer with projects in eight states, is building a nationwide network of partners that aspire to make the world a cleaner, more sustainable place for future generations. Solar installers, sustainability organizations, nonprofits, schools and others ... Read More »

The Future of Clean Energy Could Be Living Off-Grid

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– ARTICLE BY REUBEN GREGG BREWER OF THE MOTLEY FOOL – There’s something going on in Kwigillingok, Alaska – a town with just 350 residents – that could change your life. Kwigillingok is off the power grid because it is too remote to be on one and generates its own power, which now includes electricity from wind turbines. This is the ... Read More »

Fort Collins Community Solar Array Doubles in Size

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Soon to be built at the former Dreher Pickle plant, the Fort Collins Community Solar Array has doubled in size. Local residents purchased the initial solar capacity of 333 kilowatts (kW) in record time, prompting the expansion to 620 kW. Situated at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Mulberry Street, the community solar project will be the first collaboration between ... Read More »

Solar Is Cheaper Than the Grid in 42 of the 50 Largest U.S. Cities

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– ARTICLE BY JULIA PYPER OF GREENTECH MEDIA – Millions of people live in cities where going solar would cost them less than their current utility rates – and most of them don’t even know it. According to a new report by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, backed by the SunShot Initiative, a fully financed solar PV system costs less ... Read More »

Construction Begins on Boulder County’s Second Community-Owned Solar Array

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Construction has begun on the second community-owned solar facility serving Boulder County. This week, crews are installing the posts, racking, and 305 watt solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for the Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array 2. Located beside the first community-owned solar facility off of Marshall Road in Boulder County, the second 500 kW project will also serve residential and commercial customers ... Read More »

Renewable Energy Rising Across All Spheres of U.S. Society

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– ARTICLE BY ANDREW BURGER OF TRIPLE PUNDIT – Organizations across the U.S. are coming to grips with our fossil-fuel addiction and the escalating, often hidden, true costs of fossil-fuel production, distribution and combustion. Registering another record-setting year in 2014, the U.S. solar energy industry is looking forward to another banner year in 2015, while the recent extension of the federal wind ... Read More »