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Community Solar Gardens Sprout From Contaminated Sites

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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 »

Community Solar Gardens May Come to Rochester, Minn. After All

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– ARTICLE BY BRIAN TODD OF THE POST BULLETIN –  How about this for a great idea: Find a little patch of land with a south-facing exposure, get a bunch of people together to put up a moderately sized solar array, take advantage of some grants and tax breaks, and sell that power back to the grid to help pay ... Read More »

5 World-Famous Solar Sites

The Vatican

– GUEST BLOG BY CORY CONNOLLY OF MOSAIC – Some of the most recognizable locations in the world are now becoming world famous solar sites. Solar has yet to go mainstream, but it serves as an icon of progress and technological advancement. Iconic structures and locations – new and old – across the globe are going solar and are reinforcing solar’s iconic nature. ... Read More »

Lawrence O’Neill and Craig Peterson

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Lawrence O’Neill and Craig Peterson discovered that their Great Meadows Ridge property in Putney, Vermont was not properly sited for a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. “Yet, we wanted to benefit from solar,” Lawrence said. They learned about the Putney Community Solar Array, a 144 kW shared solar facility available to ratepayers in Green Mountain Power’s service area. Developed by Clean Energy ... Read More »

10 Reasons There’s Hope for Our Climate

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– ARTICLE BY DAN UPHAM OF THE ENVIORNMENTAL DEFENSE FUND – Feeling pessimistic about our ability to turn the corner toward climate stability before it is too late? “We’re in the race of our lives,” Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said this week at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, explaining that he understands why some are losing hope. “The ... Read More »

Vermont Community Solar Salesman Nick Ziter

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A Putney, Vermont native, Nick Ziter is passionate about solar energy and dedicated to bringing the community-owned solar solution to Vermont homeowners, renters, businesses and municipalities. With deep family roots in the Putney/Brattleboro area, Nick founded SunFarm Community Solar, which teamed up with Clean Energy Collective in 2013. Together, the companies collaborated to construct a 144 kW group net-metered solar ... Read More »

Denver Business Journal Reporter Honored for Sustainability Coverage

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– ARTICLE BY THE DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF –  Cathy Proctor, who covers energy, construction and transportation for the Denver Business Journal, was honored Monday by the University of Colorado Denver’s Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development for her coverage of the energy industry in Colorado, specifically the contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing. Proctor, who joined the DBJ staff in 2000, was recognized by ... Read More »

David Schmidt

David Schmidt

For a year, David Schmidt of Corcoran, Minnesota contemplated installing a residential solar electric system installed on his property.  But the commitment to spending thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars on a personal solar array was daunting. “I wasn’t ready to jump into a private installation,” David said. “It was too expensive.” Through his local utility, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric ... Read More »