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Businesses Benefitting from RooflessSolar

All businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, and many businesses are looking for ways to cut energy use. But the options available to address both of these at the same time are limited, especially for small or emerging businesses. With the cost of solar energy plummeting, and over one million solar systems installed, solar is proving to be ... Read More »

Community Solar Delivering Value to All Utility Customers

Grid performance and reliability is the primary goal for every utility. Given an electricity delivery system that has operated for the most part on 1950’s technology, delivering on that promise is a challenging and cost-intensive endeavor. And with the rapid growth of distributed energy resources—smaller local generating power sources versus massive centralized power plants—we are requiring more of the energy ... Read More »

5 Steps to Effective Community Solar Advocacy

It is the time of the year for legislative action, when state senators and representatives hear from constituents and craft legislation. If you live in a state or community that you think would benefit from community solar policy, or where you think the existing community solar policy can be expanded or improved, Clean Energy Collective wants to help you be ... Read More »

Guest Post: Why Education is Key to the Success of Community Solar

By Brian Doyle As Pacific Consulting Group’s Vice President of Client Solutions, Brian’s role is to enable utilities, developers and other renewable energy organizations to accelerate adoption of their renewable programs through a combination of unique customer research, analysis and design & messaging best practices.  Pacific Consulting Group is an established Silicon Valley research and consulting firm focused on renewable ... Read More »

How Small Businesses Are Reaping the Benefits of Community Solar

Small businesses around the country are realizing more and more the benefits of solar energy because of the incredible way to save on energy expenses. But for many small businesses, putting a solar system on their roofs or properties doesn’t make financial sense, or is outright impossible for many reasons. If you’re a small business and you rent your property, ... Read More »

The Age of the Community Solar Customer

It’s the age of the customer, where a bounty of information is easily accessible and the power has shifted from the hands of the seller to the hands of consumers. The best performing companies understand what their customers want, turn that knowledge into action, and ensure their organization delivers what is promised. Importance of Solar Community Customers Community solar enables anyone with an ... Read More »

What Do Electric Co-ops Look For in Community Solar?

Serving 42 million people in nearly every state, electric cooperatives are consumer-owned utilities that are highly involved in the community. Across the U.S., these cooperatives are expanding their energy portfolios to include various forms of renewable energy, from wind and solar to biomass and hydropower. In fact, more than 90 percent of rural electric co-ops provide electricity generated from alternative ... Read More »

What Do Municipal Utilities Look for in Community Solar?

Public or municipal utilities are city-owned organizations that put power in the hands of the public. Dating back some 100 years in the U.S., municipal utilities now serve over 2,000 communities in America. “We are solely concerned with the customer benefit,” said Alex Hofmann, director of energy and environmental services at the American Public Power Association (APPA). Employing a consumer-centric model, these utilities are ... Read More »

Community Solar Industry Attracts Top Talent, Unrivaled Passion

Throughout this year, jobs in the U.S. solar industry are growing about 13 times faster than the overall economy. By the end of 2016, solar energy should employ more than 240,000 Americans. The fastest-growing segment of the solar industry, community solar, is taking the nation by storm and attracting top talent from a variety of backgrounds. From Rooftop to Shared Solar Matthew ... Read More »

Public Utilities See the Light of Community Solar

As the energy landscape shifts, more Americans are seeking renewable energy sources to save money and reduce their carbon impact. Today, the most popular and cost effective option is distributed solar—systems that generate power near the point of consumption, such as rooftop arrays. Homeowners with roofs good condition that are properly angled to absorb maximum sunlight can buy or lease ... Read More »