Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunward Cohousing community installs shared solar panel

Here's some community solar news from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Community solar has truly become a nationwide and worldwide movement.

"We began budgeting seed money in 2006 toward a solar project in our common house and were delighted to see the system go live on August 3," said Michael McIntyre, the project lead and one of the original members of Sunward. "We made a community decision by consensus this year."

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Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC
(719)207-3097 direct

Friday, August 19, 2011

XCEL Energy Solar Gardens Website

XCEL Energy, Colorado's largest investor-owned utility, has unveiled its website for the Solar*Rewards Community (Solar Gardens) program.  Information on the site includes things we know from the Solar Gardens Act, Public Utilities Commission process, and Renewable Energy Standard 2012 compliance plan (nothing earth shaking at this point).

Enjoy!  And say "hi" to our friends at XCEL from*Rewards_Community_2_-_CO

Friday, August 12, 2011

Durango CO - a Solar Garden on Uranium Tailings

The burial site of radioactive mill tailings near Durango could become the first of 11 similar sites in Colorado to host solar panels to generate electricity.

"Durango is the best site," Deborah Barr with the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. "There are transmission lines nearby, the terrain is fairly level and LPEA (La Plata Electric Association) is very receptive to the idea."


Joy Hughes who helped organize the nonprofit Saguache Solar Gardens Institute in December 2009, said her group is on the verge of creating a 200-kilowatt solar garden.

"Instead of patches of vegetables, we're going to have patches of solar panels," Hughes said.

Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC
(719)207-3097 direct