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America Ramps Up Solar Panel Production

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– ARTICLE BY DANIEL GROSS OF SLATE – The solar industry is positively booming in the U.S. The annual installation of solar systems rose from 1.265 megawatts in 2008 to 4.75 gigawatts in 2013. From nowhere, America has emerged as the third-largest market for solar. Installers are carpeting the nation’s deserts, parking lots, and rooftops with polysilicon panels that convert ... Read More »

Denver Recreation District Taps Community Solar for Sustainability Initiative

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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. Boulder-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced today that South Suburban Park and Recreation District, a Colorado special district that provides recreational facilities and services for District ... Read More »

Zoo Will Host Washington State’s Largest Community Solar Project

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– ARTICLE BY DANIELLE ANTHONY-GOODWIN OF MY BALLARD –  Woodland Park Zoo will soon be featuring a new attraction, in the form of shiny new solar panels. When they visit the zoo, visitors will see a set of solar panels powering the Rain Forest Food Pavilion when they stop by to get a snack. And up the street, if you look high atop ... Read More »

The Untapped Potential of Solar Schools in Massachusetts

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School districts across America are beginning to see the light, as they realize the potential of solar energy. From providing learning opportunities for students to safeguarding teachers’ jobs, solar is proving to be a valuable addition to any school district. Prepared by The Solar Foundation with data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the first nationwide study was conducted ... Read More »

Solar Panels Cost Less Than Electricity From Natural Gas

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– ARTICLE BY ZACHARY SHAHAN OF PLANETSAVE — A new report out from Lazard tells us something those who follow the wind and solar industries already knew to some degree: large-scale solar and wind power projects can now compete purely on cost with natural gas power plants (as well as coal and nuclear, of course). Solar panels cost less than ... Read More »

Antlers Condominiums at Vail

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Nestled against the bank of the Gore Creek, Antlers at Vail offers condominium suites just 150 yards from the Lionshead Gondola at Vail Ski Resort. Because the 90 condos can be rented out, Antlers acts like a hotel, but is managed by the Antlers Condominium Association – a nonprofit. “It’s an interesting hybrid,” said General Manager Rob LeVine. “We exist for ... Read More »

Japan to Build a Network of Floating Solar Farms

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– ARTICLE BY MARC HOWE OF SOURCEABLE — Japanese solar panel company Kyocera Corp is teaming up with Century Tokyo Leasing Corp to construct a pair of gigantic floating solar energy plants which could be operational by as soon as April 2015. The two plants, both of which will be built in collaboration French renewable energy firm Ciel Terra, will be situated in ponds in the Japanese prefecture ... Read More »

Laurel Ellis

CEC customer Laurel Ellis

Laurel Ellis heard about the Putney Community Solar Array being constructed up Bellows Falls Road, less than four miles from her home. “I thought it was a great idea,” she said. Any residential, commercial, municipal or nonprofit customer of Vermont’s largest utility, Green Mountain Power, was eligible to buy panels in the 144 kilowatt (kW) array. Developed by Clean Energy Collective ... Read More »

Community Solar Spreads Across Minnesota

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– ARTICLE BY BRYNA GODAR OF THE POST BULLETIN — With Xcel Energy solar program rates and rules now in place, the tide of community solar is expected to bubble over in southeastern Minnesota. Community solar gardens allow customers to subscribe to a portion of a solar array’s output and, in turn, see a reduction on their electricity bills. A ... Read More »

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 nationwide. A member-owned cooperative, Holy Cross Energy (HCE) provides electricity to more than 55,000 ratepayers throughout Eagle, ... Read More »