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Utility Partner: Holy Cross Energy

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An electric cooperative on Colorado’s Western Slope was the first utility in the U.S. to give community-owned solar a chance in 2010. Four years and 2.6 megawatts (MW) later, it was a decision that helped revolutionize the way individuals and businesses go solar. A member-owned cooperative, Holy Cross Energy (HCE) provides electricity to more than 55,000 ratepayers throughout Eagle, Pitkin ... Read More »

Solar Helps Fight Climate Change Without Compromising Lifestyle

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– GUEST BLOG FROM PV SOLAR REPORT –  The conventional wisdom is that it’s all about cost. Consumers, most solar salespeople would tell you, are simply interested in saving money on their power bills. But increasingly, cost is not the only factor as consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere choose solar power for environmental reasons. It’s no coincidence that more people ... Read More »

Group Helps Nonprofits Go Solar in Coal Country

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– ARTICLE BY KATIE VALENTINE OF THINKPROGRESS – A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar. At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church became the site of the largest community-supported solar system in ... Read More »

New Rebate Makes Solar More Appealing in Kansas

Midwest Energy Community Solar

Characterized by wide open plains and thriving crops, Kansas enjoys plenty of sunshine – it’s even nicknamed “The Sunflower State.” Kansas is now the eighth state in the U.S. to offer community-owned solar, a model developed by Clean Energy Collective (CEC) that will allow members of Midwest Energy to buy panels in a shared solar array and reduce their electric bill without ... Read More »

Bridging the Gap to Clean Energy with Community Solar

Bridges to Prosperity

Avery Louise Bang is dedicated to connecting isolated communities to basic needs through the construction of footbridges over impassible rivers. Now the CEO of the nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity is bridging her own transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The rooftop of Avery Bang’s Denver home was shaded by a tree, so she searched for alternative ways to go solar. “Community ... Read More »

Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank in Colorado

Founded in 1973 in Carbondale, Colo., Alpine Bank is an employee-owned community bank with 37 locations statewide. After surveying owners and discovering that environmental preservation was an important value, the bank founded a “Green Team” and established sustainability initiatives. In 2008, the locally-operated bank committed to purchasing 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources. “If we’re going to protect our lifestyle and our ... Read More »

Relief for Xcel Energy Customers Seeking Clean Energy Options

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Access to renewable energy just got easier for individuals and business that use electricity in Denver. Officials from Xcel Energy, the EPA, and the Colorado State Land Board joined community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to officially open Denver County’s newest community solar facilities — two state-of-the-art 500 kW solar arrays that make affordable, locally-made clean power available to ... Read More »

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner wanted to go solar, but didn’t want to have a solar array installed in the roof of her Putney, Vermont home.  She learned about community solar gardens through Putney native Nick Ziter, founder of SunFarm Community Solar, which teamed up with Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to develop a 144 kW shared solar facility. Constructed on Bellows Fall Road, ... Read More »

Silver and Solar Go Hand-in-Hand

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– ARTICLE BY MATT DILALLO OF THE MOTLEY FOOL – With a history that dates back more than 5,000 years, silver has been an incredibly valuable metal through the ages. It was once used as a trading currency along the Asian spice routes and was even the standard for U.S. currency for a while. However, the precious metal holds far more value ... Read More »

Community Solar Won’t Kill Off U.S. Bird Populations

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The windows of single-family homes and low-rise buildings are to blame for the deaths of some 365 million to 988 million birds each year in the U.S. It’s an unfortunate issue, but one that is unlikely to change, unless windowless architecture becomes the new fad. Bird deaths have made headlines lately, particularly those in the Mojave Desert, where the concentrating solar ... Read More »