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Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves

Adaptability is the key to survival—both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, and in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is transforming. As tens of thousands of residents have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on their rooftops and begin generating their own ... Read More »

Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low

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 »

Utility Partner: Vernon Electric Cooperative

Founded in 1936, Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) provides electricity and other services to about 10,000 utility members throughout southwestern Wisconsin. Its wholesale electricity provider, Dairyland Power Cooperative, is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative that serves 25 electric co-ops and 17 municipal utilities. In 2014, both organizations partnered with community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and each installed a large-scale solar project—one ... Read More »

Impacts of Climate Change Becoming More Apparent

From the thousands of walruses congregating on the beaches of Alaska to the changing behaviors of damselfish along the Australian Coast, climate change presents an imminent threat to species across the globe. Melting Glaciers Destroy Walrus Habitats Unable to find sea ice, a record number of walruses – some 35,000 – gathered along the shore of northwest Alaska at the ... Read More »

Net-Zero Neighborhoods Gaining Traction

The largest net-zero neighborhood in North America will be constructed more than a mile above sea level. All 308 houses in the Geos Neighborhood in Arvada, Colo. will harness sunlight and the earth’s core to generate as much energy as the homes consume. But before the solar and geothermal technology comes into play, the design of these cottages and multi-family ... Read More »