Ever Heard of Solar Gardens?

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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.

More info:

Clean Energy Collective

Solar Gardens Community Power

Summit Daily

solar installation, photovoltaic, renewable energy

Mke Dow of Clean Energy Collective talks with attendees at the Cowdery Meadow solar garden facility.

Great News About Energy and Environmental Restoration

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From an environmental standpoint, there’s plenty to be concerned about. But there’s also great news about energy and environmental restoration. Filmmaker John Liu’s “Green Gold” shows the remarkable restoration of degraded areas in China and Ethiopia. The speed with which degraded landscapes can be stabilized then improved is surprising.


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Amory Lovins’ article from August 15 debunks critical accounts of Germany’s success in using renewable energy. Germany produced nearly 25% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2012. Great to learn what works.