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What is Community Solar?


An increasingly-feasible option for both electricity users and utilities, community solar allows multiple customers to share the benefit from a centrally-located solar project. A community solar “garden” operates in the same manner as a community garden, where participants join together at a single location and “harvest” the sun’s energy. Because the production of solar power does not take place on ... Read More »

Colorado Ranks Among the Top for Wind Energy Jobs

wind energy in Colorado

With average wind speeds ranging from 13 to 27 mph, Colorado is ideal for wind power. In fact, the Centennial State leads the nation for wind power manufacturing jobs and was ranked among the top three states for wind energy employment, reports the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). More than 1,680 wind turbines blanket Colorado, working in the opposite manner ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective Announces First-Mover Entry into New York Community Solar Market

New York City

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), pioneers of the community solar model and the nation’s leading shared solar developer, announced today it is taking the lead in offering New York ratepayers the ability to participate in solar generation through community shared solar projects. Development is already underway on more than a dozen project sites from the five boroughs of New York City ... Read More »

Mike and Donna Cooper

Mike Cooper

For 43 years, Mike Cooper hosted the morning show on KAYS-AM Radio. After retiring in 2011, Cooper turned his energy toward the sun—and vice versa. When he heard that Midwest Energy, his local utility cooperative, was partnering with community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to build Kansas’ largest roofless solar facility, Cooper’s interest piqued. “We’re environmentally conscious,” the Hays ... Read More »

Net-Metering Cap Increase Would Allow for Continued Solar Growth

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Measures are underway to raise the net-metering caps in Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill on Aug. 7 that would raise the state’s private and public net-metering caps by 2 percent each, and create a new solar incentive program to replace the SREC program. The state’s solar net-metering program provides customers with a credit for extra energy from their solar panels ... Read More »

Wind Industry Thriving in Colorado, Creates Economic Boon

wind power in Colorado

Colorado’s 29 operating wind farms supply nearly 14 percent of the state’s electricity, producing enough clean energy to power almost 700,000 homes. “Few states have benefited more from the wind industry than Colorado,” reveals the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), which released the June 2015 report, “Winds of Change.” Over 80 percent of Colorado’s wind rushes through the ... Read More »

First Roofless Community Solar Facility is Coming to Pueblo

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Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the world’s leading community solar provider, and southern Colorado electric utility Black Hills Energy have announced their plans to bring the first roofless community solar facility to Pueblo, Colo. and the surrounding area. Black Hills Energy’s electric customers in Colorado will be able to purchase individual panels in the 120 kW shared solar PV array, developed and ... Read More »

California Nonprofit Looks To the Sun for Financial Sustainability

Building Healthy Communities

When Rene Castro and Dr. Dean Toji learned about a project that used wind energy to support a local charity, their imagination took flight. What if they could do the same thing with a community solar facility—use the money from the clean energy production to support their nonprofit, while offering local residents green power at a cheaper price?  “If we ... Read More »

Construction Advances on Washington State’s Largest Community Solar Array


Construction is progressing quickly on the 423 kW Avista Community Solar Array, serving residential and commercial electricity customers throughout eastern Washington state. Crews have installed all 1,512 solar electric panels at Boulder Park on North Barker Road in Spokane Valley. They are finishing the electrical work, and will perform testing before turning on the state’s third-largest solar array at the end ... Read More »

Fort Collins Residents Help City Reach Climate Targets While Saving on Electricity


Fort Collins resident Norman Illsley, 90, is making a statement. He purchased one 305-watt solar electric panel in the Riverside Community Solar Array, the first roofless solar project serving Fort Collins Utilities’ customers. “I’m making a statement of saving energy,” Illsley said. Over the 25-year lifespan of the facility, Illsley’s solar panel is expected to save him an estimated $1,155 and ... Read More »