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Last Day to Support Massachusetts Community Solar Bill

Massachusetts

Clean Energy Collective has an urgent request for all supporters of community solar in Massachusetts!  The Massachusetts legislature has been considering a bill that will create the next level of solar programs.  House Bill 4185 has been an ongoing compromise between solar companies, utilities, and the state. The proposed bill removes caps on net metering and establishes a secure program ... Read More »

The Solar Foundation Recognizes Community Solar Model with Industry Award

The Solar Foundation award

The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and educational organization, has recognized community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) as a 2014 Solar Foundation Award recipient for exceptional work and dedication to advancing solar energy. The Solar Foundation awardees were nominated by the public and chosen from five distinct categories—including Industry Advancement, Individual Achievement, International Programs, Technology Innovation, and ... Read More »

Utah Olympic Training Centers ‘Go for the Gold’ With Solar Power

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– GUEST BLOG BY BRIAN VIEWEGER OF PV SOLAR REPORT –  Home to the winter Olympics in 2002, Salt Lake City has a number of world-class training facilities. One can imagine that to train for years on end takes intense dedication, but what people probably do not think about is the costs involved in training an athlete. The total cost ... Read More »

Jenny Sumner Heeter

Jeffco Community Solar Array

An energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Jenny Sumner Heeter wanted to support the development of solar energy. “When I bought a house three years ago, I contacted solar developers, who all indicated that my roof had too much shade to make solar financially viable,” Heeter said. Through her work in renewable energy, the Golden, Colo. resident learned ... Read More »

Jefferson County Residents Become Their Own Power Companies

Golden community solar

Posing for a photo in front of her 40 new solar electric panels at the Jefferson County Community Solar Array grand opening, Lynn Dimmick said with a grin: “These are fantastic.” She joined about 60 other attendees Thursday afternoon at the unveiling of Clean Energy Collective (CEC)’s sixth and seventh community solar facilities with Xcel Energy.  The two new projects in ... Read More »

Chris Myers and enLIGHTen

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Chris Myers of Telluride, Colo. is in the business of light. He wanted to use the sun’s rays to power his lighting design boutique, enLIGHTen, but was unable to install solar panels on his business property — nor could he install a solar array on his condo. “I’m a do-it-yourselfer and would like to have put a system on my ... Read More »

Future of Solar is Bright, Even Without Subsidies

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– ARTICLE BY THE ECONOMIST – Forty-five minutes west of Las Vegas, dejected sinners may encounter a sight to lift their sunken hearts: a sea of 347,000 mirrors, reflecting the rays of the desert sun on to boilers mounted on three 460-foot towers. The Ivanpah solar-thermal plant (pictured), which opened in mid-February, is the largest of its kind in the ... Read More »

Community Solar Gardens Sprout From Contaminated Sites

Garfield County Community Solar Array

Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect the six-acre parcel of land at the corner of Riverside Avenue ... Read More »

Sheep Are the New Landscapers at San Antonio Solar Farm

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– ARTICLE BY JIM MALEWITZ OF THE TEXAS TRIBUNE  –  The landscapers at this 45-acre solar farm northeast of downtown do not complain that they are only paid in shrubbery. After about three months on the job, the bleating crew has kept the grounds in sheep-shape. Since April, the site’s operator, OCI Solar Power, has used about 90 Barbados-cross sheep as a ... Read More »

Shifting Toward a Brighter, More Sustainable Future

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Clean Energy Collective (CEC) was honored as one of the 2014 SHIFT Sustainability Award Winners for its contribution to a healthier ecosystem, healthier communities and reduced resource consumption. More than 600 organizations were evaluated, and the top 50 were chosen for their “effective, innovative conservation and sustainability initiatives.” Dedication to Sustainability From its inception, CEC has strived to make solar ... Read More »