5 Things to Consider When Purchasing an Electric Vehicle

Not too long ago, Electric Vehicles (EVs) used to seem like something out of The Jetsons, but they are quickly making their way into the mainstream, and for good reason. Not only are EVs consistently described as quiet, fast, and fun to drive, but they give you the power to divest from fossil fuels and save money in the long ... Read More »

Pueblo County School District 70

Pueblo County School District 70 (D70), a public school district comprised of 21 schools serving 9,560 students in south central Colorado, recently made the decision to offset 100% of its electricity needs from Black Hills Energy with clean, solar energy. “It’s exciting to be the first school district in the state to employ this strategy, and I’m hopeful we are ... Read More »

Land Needed in Colorado’s High Country and Denver Area

Community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is seeking land in Colorado with electrical distribution service provided by Xcel Energy, on which ground-mounted solar arrays can be built. Ideal land parcels are flat or low-sloping sites with a minimum of six buildable acres. Benefits to Landowners Landowners who lease or sell acreage to CEC will generate a steady, predictable stream ... Read More »

Solar Jobs Soar in Colorado

Throughout 2016, jobs in Colorado’s solar industry will grow four times faster than the state’s overall job market. By the end of this year, solar power will employ more than 5,500 residents—greater than the population of Vail. “Solar power not only helps protect our environment and health—it helps accelerate our economic success,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement. Steadily attracting ... Read More »

Colorado Runs on Sunshine

Today, there is enough solar energy online in Colorado to power the entire city of Boulder—if everyone lived in separate houses. With no shortage of sunny days, Colorado added 144 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity to the grid in 2015, for a total of 542 MW. That’s enough to power nearly 103,000 homes. From a national standpoint, Colorado now ranks 12th in the U.S. ... Read More »

Maximizing Denver’s 300 Days of Sunshine

Denver residents are taking advantage of the city’s sunny days and mild temperatures—and turning the sunshine into solar energy. At the end of 2014, the Mile High City had 58 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity installed, ranking it the 8th top solar city in America. The cities were evaluated by Environment Colorado and released in the 2015 report, Shining Cities: ... Read More »

Construction Progresses on Pueblo’s First Roofless Solar Facility

The first roofless community array in Pueblo, Colo. is under construction and progressing quickly. The 125 kilowatt (kW) shared solar facility is being developed by Clean Energy Collective (CEC) in partnership with Black Hills Energy, which serves 95,000 electric customers throughout southeastern Colorado. The Black Hills Energy Roofless Solar Array broke ground in early September. After installing the posts and the racking, crews began ... Read More »

Colorado Ranks Among the Top for Wind Energy Jobs

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 »

Wind Industry Thriving in Colorado, Creates Economic Boon

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 »

Jefferson County Residents Become Their Own Power Companies

Posing for a photo in front of her 40 new solar electric panels at the Jefferson County Community Solar Array grand opening, Lynn Dimmick said with a grin: “These are fantastic.” She joined about 60 other attendees at the unveiling of Clean Energy Collective (CEC)’s sixth and seventh community solar facilities with Xcel Energy.  The two new projects in Golden allow any Xcel ... Read More »