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Fossil Fuels and Renewables Can Coexist


The enduring “us” versus “them” mentality: renewable energy and fossil fuels. Environmental advocates argue that the United States could be powered entirely by renewable sources from both a technical and economic standpoint. Proponents of fossil fuels argue that the only viable method for meeting our nation’s energy needs for the foreseeable future is to tap the earth’s natural resources. But nobody ... Read More »

Sold Out Community-Shared Solar Projects Illustrate High Consumer Demand

Adams construction_May 2015

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-shared solar developer, announced today that its 1.3 megawatt (MW) roofless community-shared solar facility located in Adams, Mass. is now 100% reserved. The 5,200-panel solar PV facility will generate more than 1.64 million kilowatt hours of clean power each year, serving several hundred National Grid (NGRID) residential and commercial customers. The facility is ... Read More »

Dale and Cherylyn Baker

Dale Baker

Ten years ago, Dale and Cherylyn Baker of Fort Collins explored the possibility of installing solar panels on the roof of a new shed they were building. “It didn’t make economic sense to do that at the time because solar was expensive,” Dale said. As technology improved, incentives became more common, and community solar was born, the Bakers re-explored adopting ... Read More »

Community Solar Offers Generous Long-Term Savings

solar savings

When saving for the future, it can be difficult to determine which of today’s financial decisions will be lucrative in the years that follow. Between fickle returns on 401(k)s and risky mutual funds, it can be daunting to put large amounts of hard-earned cash towards a questionable venture. However, there is still one certainty that we can depend on for ... Read More »

New York’s Solar Industry Drives Impressive Job Growth

New York solar jobs

More than 7,000 employees across the state of New York were employed in the solar industry at the end of 2014. Job experts predict that there are now around 9,400 people in the field throughout the Empire State. “New York has become one of a handful of national leaders in the solar industry and it’s driving job growth,” said Andrea Luecke, ... Read More »

Ling Zhou

SolarPerks customer

Ling Zhou lives in a condo in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was interested in residential solar energy, although an on-site system was not an option, since what happens to the rooftop “is not my decision,” she said. Then Zhou heard about community solar with Clean Energy Collective (CEC). As ratepayer in National Grid’s service territory, she qualified to participate in CEC’s ... Read More »

New York: Nation’s Fastest-Growing Residential Solar Market

New York City

New York is known for Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, the Adirondacks and more recently—solar energy. Throughout 2014, the Empire State doubled the amount of solar power installed over the year prior, adding 147 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics to the grid. But it was the state’s residential installations that were particularly impressive. New York brought 89 MW of residential solar online—a ... Read More »

Community Solar Projects to Benefit from First Solar / CEC Supply Agreement


First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Clean Energy Collective, LLC (CEC) have confirmed the parties have executed a Module Supply Agreement (MSA) that facilitates CEC’s procurement of First Solar’s advanced technology modules and other equipment to be used in CEC’s growing project pipeline in one of the fastest expanding segments of the solar market.  The two leaders in renewable energy ... Read More »

Community Solar Offers Numerous Benefits for Low-Income Residents

Wisconsin community solar

Often located near congested highways, toxic waste sites and dirty factories, low-income communities face greater exposure to environmental hazards. Inhaling these harmful chemicals and pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide leaves low-income residents more susceptible to asthma and heart attacks. One way to fight this environmental injustice is to increase the deployment of clean energy sources within these communities. Distributed energy such as ... Read More »

Clean Energy Collective Introduces Rate-Based Community Solar for Investor-Owned Utilities


Continuing to lead innovation, Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the pioneer and national leader of roofless community solar, announced today the launch of the first shared solar program that provides investor-owned utilities (IOU) with the ability to rate base a community solar program while offering their solar customers an immediate economic benefit, without non-participant subsidization. CEC’s new IOU-owned solar model bucks ... Read More »