It’s been a busy week for Colorado’s Clean Energy Collective (CEC), one of the leading community solar power installers. In Colorado it announced a first of its kind partnership to bring the benefits of community solar to low-income residents in Summit County and it announced 21 megawatts of new community solar projects in Massachusetts.
The Colorado-based company has worked aggressively to expand community solar opportunities in its home state and elsewhere. The offering in Summit County shows more potential for residential solar opportunities. There CEC partnered with Alpine Bank and Family & Intercultural Resource Center—a local nonprofit—to purchase 25 kilowatts (about 82 solar panels) of CEC’s Breckenridge Ullr Community Solar Array and donated it to FIRC for the purpose of low-income/community reinvestment. Through the partnership FIRC will assign monthly bill credits from the power generated by the block of solar power to local families who can best use the assistance—thereby lowering thier electric bills.
“This innovative partnership with FIRC and CEC is a great example of what we represent,” said founder and chairman of Alpine Bank, J. Robert Young. “When we find that when we give back to the communities that have been so supportive of us it’s a win-win deal. Community solar gave us the right opportunity to do that.”
“Alpine Bank is a shining example of a community solar user,” remarked Paul Spencer, CEC founder and CEO. “In addition to this donation, they power 22 of their facilities with community solar across five different arrays through four different utilities, spanning 40,000 sq. miles. That is amazing. It is the epitome of how companies can use clean energy and community solar.”
Meanwhile in Massachusetts the company expanded its existing project portfolio by 21 megawatts of new community solar projects. The new projects are in southeastern Massachusetts and are all slated for connection this year. The company said the expansion was part of its aggressive nationwide growth strategy.
“Massachusetts will be one of the leading states for solar development this year, and community solar will be the primary reason for that achievement,” said Tom Sweeney, CEC chief strategic markets officer. “Bringing several new projects to fruition this year will provide more access and more opportunity for people to support locally generated clean energy and save money at the same time. That is our mission and we’re proud to say it is working at scale.”
Cumulatively CEC has more than 100 community solar projects completed or under construction—a total of more than 160 megawatts of solar power. The company has partnered with 26 utilities in 12 different states.Tweet