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Sometimes it Takes a Community to Go Solar

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– ARTICLE BY ANDREW BARBEAU OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND – You don’t have a south-facing roof. You have too many trees in your yard. You may not be committed to staying in your house for the next ten to fifteen years. Or maybe you rent, or don’t have the upfront money to install. These may be some of the ... Read More »

Kirk Cunningham


A lifelong environmental activist, Kirk Cunningham has dedicated his career—and now his retirement—to conservation issues. For decades, the Boulder resident has served on the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Conservation Committee, helping to promote land, water and resource conservation across Colorado. In the spirit of preservation, he wanted to harness the sun’s energy, but his home was not properly sited for a rooftop solar system. “Our ... Read More »

How Do You Finance a Commercial Solar Project?

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— GUEST BLOG BY ROSANA FRANCESCATO OF PV SOLAR REPORT — If there’s one thing that’s true of solar financing, it’s that there’s no one formula for success. That was evident at a recent panel discussion put on by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Emerging Solar Financing Models. The panel represented a diverse range of approaches to commercial solar financing, as ... Read More »

Community Solar Provides Value, Savings for Municipal Utilities

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The solar industry is growing at an unprecedented rate throughout the U.S. By the end of 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predicts there will be enough solar power capacity installed to power more than 5.8 million homes. Municipal utilities are realizing the benefit of offering their customers the option to use solar energy. Traditional solar can be costly, ... Read More »

How Community Solar Can Increase Customer Access to Distributed Solar PV

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– ARTICLE BY MATHIAS BELL OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE — What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your own roof. This is where promising approaches for increasing ... Read More »

CEC and Yampa Valley Electric Association Turn on Colorado’s Newest Community Solar Array


Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar provider, and Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) marked the grand opening of the 579 kW YVEA Community Solar Array to serve electricity ratepayers in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Colorado leads the country in community-owned solar capacity, and now more than 75% of the state’s ratepayers have access to solar ownership ... Read More »

First Solar Executive Sings Praises of ‘Infinitely Scalable’ Community Solar


– ARTICLE BY KARL-ERIK STROMSTA OF RECHARGE – Compared to the “somewhat limited” market potential for rooftop solar, the largest US-based PV manufacturer views the emerging market for community projects as “infinitely scalable,” says Eran Mahrer, its senior director for utilities. First Solar, the biggest Western solar manufacturer, and among the world’s largest developers of utility-scale projects, remains stuck on ... Read More »

Sustainable Energy Revolution is Growing, Says New Report

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– ARTICLE BY ANASTASIA PANTSIOS OF ECOWATCH – The third annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released today documents the continuing dramatic changes in how the U.S. produces, delivers and consumes energy, and makes some projections and predictions about the direction of the energy sector in the future. The report was researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by The Business Council for Sustainable ... Read More »

City of Lakewood Taps Community Solar for Sustainability Initiatives

Jeffco Solar Array

Two community shared solar facilities that went online in Jefferson County west of Denver last summer are now serving more than just local residents and businesses. Louisville-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced that the City of Lakewood has made a significant purchase—274 kW, or 1,168 panels—in the Jefferson County (Jeffco) Community Solar Arrays to ... Read More »

Paul Norton and Debra Lew

Debra Lew and Paul Norton

Boulder, Colo. resident Paul Norton and his wife Debra Lew are renewable energy champions. For 15 years, they both worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), before Paul founded Norton Energy R&D, which develops zero energy homes, and Debra became a technical director for GE Energy Consulting—focusing on power systems planning, design and operations. Following their passion, the couple wanted to ... Read More »