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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 »

Massachusetts Welcomes Community-Owned Solar Project

Massachusetts solar array

With the aim of bringing accessibility and affordability to the state’s renewable energy initiatives, key players in Massachusetts renewable energy arena joined Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions, to celebrate the grand opening of Massachusetts newest utility-scale community-shared solar facility. The 1 MW Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array  in Rehoboth, Mass. is now open ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective Earns Place on Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies

Inc. 500 award

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ranked number 194 overall, and 11th within the Energy segment, CEC was recognized for its innovative community-owned solar solution being adopted by utilities and communities across the country. ... Read More »

Solar Power Will be the Cheapest Energy Source by 2020

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– GUEST BLOG BY BRIAN VIEWEGER AND ROSANA FRANCESCATO OF PV SOLAR REPORT – Global solar power costs have fallen dramatically over the last five years, thanks to lower module prices, lower balance of system costs, and increased competition at the development and EPC level. Financing costs have also decreased as investors recognize the low-risk profile of solar assets. As ... Read More »

Family Farm in Minnesota Brings Solar Power to Local Community

photo by CBS Minnesota

– BY KIM JOHNSON OF CBS MINNESOTA – A Minnesota farm is helping people power their homes and businesses with solar energy without having to put panels on their roof. Eichten’s Cheese Farm in Chisago County is about to become one of Minnesota’s biggest community solar gardens. For several decades, the Eichten’s family farm has prided itself on one rich Minnesota product. “I guess ... Read More »

First Community-Owned Solar Sites for Jefferson County, Colo. Now Online

Jeffco Grand Opening

On a fittingly sun-filled day, Clean Energy Collective (CEC), along with Xcel Energy, the State Land Board, and the EPA, hailed the grand opening of the JeffCo Community Solar Arrays, two solar PV facilities west of Denver in Golden, Colo., that are open to all Xcel Energy ratepayers in Jefferson County, Colo. The event marked the inauguration of CEC’s 11th and 12th community solar facilities ... Read More »

Last Day to Support Massachusetts Community Solar Bill


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 »