500-kW Community Solar Project Underway in Colorado & other community solar news & reference links!

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COMMUNITY SOLAR!!!! That is what I hope to get started here in California and it is starting to look like the legislation we need to pass is going to make it happen! But for now we should cheer on Colorado for Aurora's 1st 500-kW Community Solar Project breaking ground. YEAH!!!

500-kW Community Solar Project Underway in Colorado

Clean Energy Collective has broken ground on Aurora, Colorado's first community-owned solar project. The 500-kilowatt (kW) project allows Xcel Energy customers to purchase and receive the benefits of solar panels without having to install solar on their homes. Clean Energy Collective recently began construction on a similar project in Boulder, CO.

The project was made possible through the EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, which encourages the development of renewable energy projects on contaminated land; the Aurora installation is located on property above contaminated ground water from the Buckley Air Force Base. Through the EPA's initiative, vacated or underutilized properties are transformed into community resources to drive environmental, economic and social benefits. Recently, the initiative was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Press Release - First Community Solar Facility Coming to Aurora, Colorado

Additional Information - EPA: RE-Powering America's Land

Additional Information - Community Solar Garden at Brownfield Part of RE-Powering's Innovation

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THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE for information regarding COMMUNITY SOLAR! I do hope you will take some time to educate yourself on the benefits and hopefully then educate your elected officials.

http://www.epa.gov/oswercpa/

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE ABOVE WEBPAGE!

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $1.7 million to a partnership between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Cool Earth Solar Inc. (CES) to conduct a community-scale renewable energy integration demonstration project at the Livermore Valley Open Campus.

This project will test and demonstrate a model for how communities can generate solar energy, forecasting that solar generation and developing energy management tools to adapt to that forecast. The net result will be a community that is able to reduce its total consumption and place more reliance on clean, locally available renewable resources.

CES will develop, test and deploy 100 kW of concentrated PV modules, which has distinct economic and environmental advantages over traditional flat panel PV solar.

Read the entire article and see the photo of the concentrated PV modules at the link below.

https://www.llnl.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/May/NR-13-05-03.html

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I sometimes wonder why the town I live in doesn't install solar or wind power to operate town buildings/schools. I pay the town for my electricity, furnace gas, water, etc.

The town sends me my utilitity bills....but doesn't create the electriciy, pump the natural gas, or pipe in the water. Evidently it takes on the billing functions for the companies that do. Utility provders don't bill the customers themselves. It's a transfer of private costs to public functions.

That's how we do things in this country, particularly in Missouri. They even outsource the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. The co. collects the fees and retains a chunk of them..... the state processes the paperwork.

Is a driver's license issued by a private co. really valid?

Probably instead of constructing a new police building, the town should have put up a few wind generators and maybe billed the utility providers for taking on their paper work.

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Well...it's not too late to get them to wake up to the future and have them look into community solar. I've posted a lot of links to information on this thread and on another earlier thread that would provide anyone here enough information to get their community and state interested in moving in that direction. I'm working on trying to get community solar in 3 different cities. Maybe you can try your town? It wouldn't hurt to give them the information and ask them to seriously consider it. You just never know they might actually like the idea and fly with it! CHEERS!!

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Well apparently they GET IT over in ENGLAND. I just got this press release.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/putting-local-communities-at-the-heart-of-energy-use

Views on how local communities can take charge of managing and generating their own energy are being sought by the Government today, ahead of the UK’s first ever Community Energy Strategy.

This will also deliver a commitment in the Coalition Agreement to encourage community-owned renewables schemes where local people benefit from the power produced.

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Apparently there have been some community solar projects around for some time now. I found a list on this website link.

http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/56128.pdf

On the left side of the page you can click on #4 Community Solar Projects then check out Appex C Community Solar Offers << that's where you will find the list.

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Here is some of the latest news!!!

Monday, Jun 03, 2013
The Senate and Assembly passed companion measures last week that would aid consumers concerned about the environment, while vastly increasing the efficient use of solar power. Gov. Jerry Brown should focus on the measures and embrace the concept of community solar power, which would help the state attain ambitious goals of using solar, wind and fuel-cell technology to power 3 million homes by 2020

That's just the start! Read more exciting news> http://californiasharedrenewables.org/media/

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Well...it's not too late to get them to wake up to the future and have them look into community solar. I've posted a lot of links to information on this thread and on another earlier thread that would provide anyone here enough information to get their community and state interested in moving in that direction. I'm working on trying to get community solar in 3 different cities. Maybe you can try your town? It wouldn't hurt to give them the information and ask them to seriously consider it. You just never know they might actually like the idea and fly with it! CHEERS!!

Probably if producers of wind mills and solar power had enough financial clout, they could get the task accomplished themselves. Greasing palms works wonders. I did suggest it to my council member.

The town's energy comes from a small, private nuclear source. Once a month the town sirens wail in a test of an emergency alert system to run for our lives. Evacuation routes to "nuclear safe zones" are conveniently located on the yearly calendar sent to every household. The poor, of course, will have to rely upon their skate boards to get them to safety.

We had a church picnic in the town park today.The park is huge relative to the size of the town. Probably if food-bearing trees/shrubs were planted to replace the current ones, the town could be food-sufficient in an emergency. That sort of takes a "we" social consciousness, doesn't it? The supermarkets would probably object. I'm going to suggest it anyway, maybe through my church.

The free abundance could be distributed through the local food bank/churches and maybe a town Harvest Day similar to the annual Fishing Day celebration at the town lake..

Food bearing trees/shrubs provide shade and are beautiful when they bloom. A win-win.

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Sure, food bearing trees or shrubs would be nice and would help to feed people in need. Go for it!

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I like this hybrid solar idea. I hope it works out!

http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2013/06/04/hybrid-renewables/

Germany seems to still be in the lead but I bet we start catching up fast considering that here in California we are building the worlds LARGEST solar farm.

http://solarlove.org/germanys-dominance-of-utility-scale-solar-energy-market-continues/

In Germany their costs have been dropping too. Making it more affordable for many to get involved.

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/06/04/solar-in-germany-down-to-1000-euro-a-kw/

If you live in California check out this website.

http://californiasharedrenewables.org/

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I just found another cool site to check out. It's a map and tool where you can find out how much energy you can generate from YOUR OWN BACKYARD or house using solar.

http://maps.nrel.gov/imby

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Another useful COMMUNITY SOLAR link for you to check out!

http://nwcommunityenergy.org/solar

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I am glad to bring this topic back up because of positive news I found on ecowatch.com

The DC Council unanimously approved the Community Renewables Energy Act yesterday, which establishes a new program to help renters and thousands of other DC families, schools and businesses go solar for the first time. Advocates applauded the council members for giving DC residents more ways to participate in and benefit from our growing solar economy.

“It’s great to see our nation’s capital leading on clean energy,” said Hannah Masterjohn, policy advocate at Vote Solar. “This new shared renewables program will make solar energy work for more homes and businesses and help the District meet its clean energy goals.”

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AND THEN GET INVOLVED AND MAKE IT HAPPEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY! I KNOW I PROVIDED LINKS IN OTHER COMMENTS ABOVE THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! MAKE IT SO! :-)

http://ecowatch.com/2013/renewables-program-allows-renters-to-go-solar/

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