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5 Solar Innovations That Are Revolutionizing the World

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– ARTICLE BY LORRAINE CHOW OF ECOWATCH – Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops. Forward-thinking minds are discovering ways to harness the sun’s energy in many exciting ways, from the ground beneath our feet to the shirt off our back. The following innovations are shining beacons in a renewable energy future. Strides in Solar Efficiency Most solar generators can convert ... Read More »

First Solar Donates Combined $50k to Three Cuyama Organizations

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– ARTICLE BY DAWN LEGG OF FIRST SOLAR – During a recent community barbecue, First Solar’s Cuyama Solar project team honored the rural Santa Barbara County community with a combined donation of $50,000 to fund three local organizations: the Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center, the Cuyama Valley Recreation District and the Cuyama Valley High School Associated Student Body Scholarship Fund. The donation ... Read More »

Foothills Park & Recreation District Adopts Community Solar for Recognized Financial Savings, Receives Environmental Bonus

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An increasing number of municipalities and public agencies across the country are joining residents and businesses in utilizing locally-produced renewable energy via community solar facilities to power operations and save on utility expenses. Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced today that Foothills Park & Recreation District (FHPRD), a Colorado special district that provides recreational ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective Brings Largest Shared Solar Solution to Washington State

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Leading community solar developer Clean Energy Collective has entered into a new contract with Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Utilities.  Under development is a 425 kW shared solar facility, featuring locally produced photovoltaic panels that will provide Avista’s Washington electric utility customers the ability to participate in local clean power generation.  It will be the largest community shared solar facility in the ... Read More »

Community Solar Provides Renewable Energy to Condominium Complex

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Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced that Moose Haven Condominium Community, a 47-unit complex in Leadville, Colo., has purchased 33.2 kW of solar power in the 500 kW Lake County Community Solar Array.  Community solar enables condominiums and other multi-unit housing in Colorado to address cost-reduction and sustainability initiatives by adopting CEC’s roofless solution. ... Read More »

Crews are Making Progress on First Uxbridge Community Solar Array

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The first of three community-shared solar arrays in Uxbridge, Mass. is under construction and progressing quickly. Through Clean Energy Collective’s SolarPerks™ program, the 1 MW Uxbridge Community Solar Array makes solar energy accessible to every residential and commercial ratepayer in National Grid’s service territory, with no upfront costs and immediate savings for the next 20 years. Featuring more than 3,300 high-efficiency solar electric ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective Recognized as ‘2015 Game Changer’ for Massachusetts

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Recognizing entrepreneurs and companies who make the state a national leader in innovation, The Boston Globe selected community solar developer Clean Energy Collective as a “2015 Game Changer” for its community solar solution, providing broad and equal access to any utility ratepayer to the benefits of local renewable energy development. The publication identified individuals and organizations that accomplished “extraordinary things ... Read More »

Construction Progresses Quickly on 1 MW Adams Community Solar Array

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Construction is progressing quickly on Clean Energy Collective’s new 1 megawatt (MW) community-shared solar facility in northwestern Massachusetts. The Adams Community Solar Array serves residential and commercial ratepayers in National Grid’s service territory. As part of CEC’s SolarPerks™ program, subscribers can go solar without installing panels on their property and save instantly on their electric bills. Featuring highly efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) ... Read More »

The Innovation That Lets Low-Income People Profit From the Solar Energy Boom

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– ARTICLE BY KRISTINE WONG OF TAKEPART – Thanks to net metering—a practice that lets homeowners sell to utilities excess electricity generated by solar panels—Americans in more than 45 states enjoy cheaper and carbon-free power. Yet one group has missed out on the solar bonanza: low-income families, who are more likely to rent or live in multifamily housing where net metering isn’t available. ... Read More »

Boulder County Residents Generate Their Own Energy with Community Solar

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Despite a soggy afternoon, solar energy advocates gathered at Clean Energy Collective’s Louisville, Colo. headquarters to celebrate the grand opening of the second community-shared solar array serving Boulder County. “It’s kind of appropriate that we’re inside on a rainy, gloomy day celebrating solar energy, because it makes it really important and appreciated when we don’t have it,” said Boulder County Commissioner ... Read More »