Clean Energy Collective is a for-profit company that builds and operates medium-sized photovoltaic installations called “solar gardens.” As an electric user, you can purchase a solar panel or panels in a solar garden and receive a credit for the electricity the panels produce.
The basic idea is the same as a solar installation on your own roof, with a few advantages:
The PV array is located in a suitable location, free from any trees or other potential obstructions.
You don’t have to modify your home or business.
You own the panels, but don’t need to own a home, so renters can buy and support renewable power too.
CEC will maintain the panels, inverters, and so on for the life of the installation.
Last Saturday I joined about 30 other people at the company’s Cowdery Meadows site for a tour. This 500 kW project uses 2016 photovoltaic panels, and is located outside Boulder, near Superior, Colorado.