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Power generated from community solar facilities spans more than half of all customers in Colorado

A staff reporter at The Boulder iJournal gives details about a new power purchase agreement between community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective and the Yampa Valley Electric Association.  The Association intends to purchase up to a 500 kilowatts of renewable energy from the Cooperative, a community owned solar company based in northern Colorado:

Yampa Valley Electric Association , a customer-owned rural electric cooperative serving more than 26,000 members in northwestern Colorado [is set] to buy 500 kilowatts of renewable energy from Clean Energy Collective’’s newest array to be built in Craig, Colo. Individual Yampa Valley Electric Association customers can then purchase solar panels in the shared array and receive credit for the energy produced directly on their monthly utility bill. The credit rate being offered by Yampa Valley Electric Association on participating member bills is significantly higher than the retail electric rate that members pay, making the program very advantageous for it members to embrace solar, according to its promoters. Continue reading


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19th Century Technology Fuels 21st Century Sustainability Project

By: Chris Vedelago

steamIt’s a bold 21st century sustainability project that will be fueled, ironically, by 19th century technology.

Excess energy from the powerful boilers that run the CUB Brewery in Abbotsford are being retasked to meet the energy needs of a nearby office building, turning it into a hub of environmental sustainability and design.

”We are in a really unique position – with the brewery and its existing co-generation infrastructure – to begin establishing a renewal energy community utility, which will the first of its kind in Australia,” said John Shone, chief executive of environmental research and education group Kunexion.
”This is part of the Yarra Energy Foundation’s strategy to establish a municipal style community utility and renewable energy business based around six industry districts in the City of Yarra,” Mr Shone said. ”We happen to have six large boiler rooms in our municipality that already generate electricity, hot water and heating and cooling for their host operation, be it a brewery, hospital, university or laundry. So we’re able to use, quite ironically, infrastructure from the 1840s – i.e. the steam engine – to generate renewable energy today.”

You can read the entire article here.