Press Release: CEC Wins Award for Outstanding Business Collaboration

Press Release: CEC Wins Award for Outstanding Business Collaboration

CEC recognized for work with utilities to provide their customers with more renewable energy choice via community solar.


LOUISVILLE, COLO. (December 14, 2017) – State business advocacy group Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) has awarded Louisville, Colo.-based community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) with its “Collaboration in Industry Award” in the energy category for its innovative partnerships with Colorado utilities. Through CEC’s community shared solar program, called RooflessSolar, any electricity customer in a participating utility territory – including renters, those who don’t own or have access to an unshaded roof, businesses, non-profits, and municipalities – can access the financial and environmental benefits of locally-generated clean power.


“We are thrilled Colorado Business Roundtable has recognized CEC with this award. CEC established the community solar model right here in Colorado in 2010, and our mission has always been to make solar accessible to all electricity ratepayers,” said Paul Spencer, CEC Founder and CEO. “Credit also goes to Colorado’s cooperative, municipal, and investor-owned utilities, which have embraced this model to provide their customers with more choice in their energy sources.”


COBRT’s “Collaboration in Industry” awards recognize Colorado’s leaders in collaboration and partnership, and those who strive to make the state’s business ecosystem stronger. CEC’s community solar program allows utilities to provide their customers with an affordable solar option that works within the boundaries of their diverse business operations while preserving utilities’ direct, grid-tied relationship with their customers. The program delivers value throughout the energy system and not just to a subset of customers with the right economic or geographic situation. For an industry that is experiencing dramatic change, highly collaborative partnerships like this are successfully addressing the accessibility, pace, and value of solar adoption.


CEC currently has 23 operating community solar facilities in Colorado through eight utilities, including Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Fort Collins Utilities, Yampa Valley Electric Association, San Miguel Power Association, and Holy Cross Energy. Nationally, CEC has installed or is developing more than 130 projects with 33 utility partners in 15 states.


About Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale solar PV facilities accessible to all utility customers. Since establishing the country’s first community-owned solar array near El Jebel, Colorado in 2010, CEC has built or has under development more than 130 RooflessSolar projects within 33 utility service territories across 15 states, serving thousands of customers, and representing more than 350 MW of community solar capacity. CEC is also the leading provider of community solar software and services to the utility, development and financial industries through its Community Solar Platform. Visit for more information.


About Colorado Business Roundtable
Colorado Business Roundtable is an advocate for proactive, positive legislation that strengthens the economy and allows businesses to grow and thrive in Colorado and the region. Through strategic alliances with great groups of industry leaders, chambers of commerce, educational institutions and governmental bodies, COBR’s goal is to improve the business environment, increase effectiveness, and expand the networks of our partners.