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How Can I Benefit From Community Solar?

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In the United States, there are enough solar electric systems installed to power 3.2 million average-sized homes. As 2014 comes to an end, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) forecast that the total amount of photovoltaic (PV) installations will reach 6.5 gigawatts (GW) by year-end, tripling in size over the past three years. As solar energy becomes ... Read More »

Midwest Rural Co-ops Take Lead on Community Solar

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– ARTICLE BY FRANK JOSSI AND KAREN UHLENHUTH OF MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS –  On the front lawn of Connexus Energy’s headquarters outside the Twin Cities sits the largest community solar garden in Minnesota, a 245 kW installation comprised of 792 panels on a plot of land the size of a football field. Connexus Energy is a non-profit cooperative that is exempt ... Read More »

New Jersey School Features Nation’s Largest K-12 Solar Farm

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– ARTICLE BY THE TIMES OF TRENTON EDUCATIONAL BOARD – Students at the Lawrenceville School are doing more than just learning about ecology and renewable energy. They’re living it. And now a national organization has duly taken note, declaring the school’s 30-acre, 6.1 megawatt solar farm the largest at any school in the United States. The accolades come from The Solar ... Read More »

Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low

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It’s been widely publicized that the cost of residential solar electric systems in the United States is falling faster than ever before. This downward pricing trend is projected to continue through 2016 and then stabilize, according to a September 2014 report compiled by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. However, residents and ... Read More »

The 51st State: Envisioning the Utility of the Future

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– GUEST BLOG BY ROSANA FRANCESCATO OF PV SOLAR REPORT — Most complex things are not black and white, and the solar landscape in the U.S. is certainly complex. Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), understands this. That gives her a unique insight into solar and how utilities interact with it. [PV Solar Report] ... Read More »

Changing Attitudes on Renewable Energy Test Electric Cooperatives

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– ARTICLE BY MICHAEL W. KAHN OF ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY –  Electric cooperatives could be facing the biggest challenge since first turning the lights on. And much of it centers on how today’s members view renewable energy. “We have a lot of changing demographics and we have a lot of changing social attitudes,” said Dave Mohre, executive director of NRECA’s ... Read More »

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

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– ARTICLE BY KAYLA SCHULTZ OF YES! MAGAZINE – At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective to Develop an Additional 1.3 MW Community Solar Facility in Massachusetts

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Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced that its newest community solar facility for Massachusetts will be a 1.3 MW solar PV array located in Adams, Mass. The move is part of CEC’s initiative to bring multiple utility-scale shared solar arrays online to serve the rapidly growing demand for community solar. “Residential, commercial and government consumers ... Read More »

‘Green Envy’ Prompts Neighbors to Go Solar

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– ARTICLE BY ROBERT WALTON OF UTILITY DIVE –  Are solar panels a green status symbol? A new study finds strong linkage between one home’s solar panel and the likelihood another nearby will go green. Known as peer effects, the upshot is simple: “In some sense, it’s the ‘Keeping up with the Jonses’ idea,” said Kenneth Gillingham, a co-author on ... Read More »

Construction Progresses on Community Solar Farm in PVREA Territory

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Due to the tremendous success of the first 494-panel Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm built in 2012, a second solar array is under construction. Four times larger than the first project, PVREA’s second 2,206-panel shared solar facility on North Whitcomb Street in Fort Collins will generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually. Over its 50-year lifetime, the ... Read More »