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1 August

Chatting With Paul Spencer, President and Founder of Clean Energy Collective, On Community Solar Garden

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I have a real treat on community solar garden for you all today, for there will be view of the beautiful Colorado Rockies and the site/sight of an unused land becoming useful through the generation of solar energy.

This interview was conducted on July 16, 2013, with Paul Spencer, the President of Clean Energy Collective, at Boulder County Cowdery Meadows Solar Array (1600 S. 66th St., not far from Denver), the first Community Solar Garden in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area.

Paul Spencer, President & Founder of Clean Energy Collective, at Boulder County Cowdery Meadows 500 KW Solar Arrays, the first Community Solar Garden in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

This 500-kilowatt Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array is located in the unincorporated Boulder County adjacent to an Xcel station just outside Superior, serving about 100 residential, commercial, and non-profit users. The program Solar Rewards Community program by Xcel, allows people who otherwise would not be able to optimally participate in solar (because they are renters, or owners of properties without optimal orientation to receive direct sunlight) to access PV power and rebates.The program was introduced in the House Bill 10-1342 in 2010 by Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), and signed into law in June of 2010 by former Governor Bill Ritter.

Below, you will see the video portion of this interview:


This first Community Solar Garden under the solar Xcel program, Cowdery Meadows array, was installed through Clean Energy Collective (previously based in Carbondale and now in Boulder). Clean Energy Collective has been responsible for installing multiple arrays throughout Xcel’s service area. Under this program, any Xcel customer can purchase solar panels in the shared array and receive credits directly on the Xcel electricity bill for the power produced.

Clean Energy Collective contact info at Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Renewable/Solar Energy produced by creatively utilizing landfill site (inverter  at left) is a perfect example of thinking outside of the box by leadership such as Paul Spencer (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first round, when Xcel opened up the process to accept applications for developers wanting to build the solar gardens in August of 2012, it received proposals to build three times the allowed capacity within 30 minutes. Xcel ended up accepting 10 applications on a first-come, first-served basis for projects totaling 4.5 MW, with projects ranging from 108 KW to 500 KW of generating capacity. In 2012, during the second round, another 4.5 MW targeting proposals between 501 KW and 2 MW and three applicants in that second round were approved. The utility will open bidding again this August for another 9 MW of solar generation, broken into two rounds (first round will be for proposals up to 500 KW, the second round will target those ranging from 500 KW to 2 MW). The Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, with approximately 500 KW, is large enough to service about 100 average sized homes, with 5% of the capacity serving low-income families, benefiting 10 to 15 low-income families in the city of Boulder.

Clean Energy Collective, Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, Tian Tower (Photographer), 2013

Clean Energy Collective Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden (credit: Clean Energy Collective, Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, Tian Tower (photographer), 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were very fortunate to have Paul Spencer, the President of CEC (Clean Energy Collective) with us, sharing various aspects of the Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden: from the fact that it is built on an old Boulder landfill site (otherwise an under-utilized area), to how Clean Energy Collective services its investors 24/7.  The CEC provides its cooperatives with “RemoteMeter” software that

Methane Burner of the landfill across the street from Boulder Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden…a great way to generate Solar Energy from under-utilized site (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

calculates production and monthly credits for participants (and includes a smartphone app), provides approximately 7% rate of return,  and continues to grow from its home state in Colorado to four states at the moment (and will continue to branch into other states), all accomplished through the community solar garden concept and policy. Furthermore, Paul Spencer points out that community solar gardens may be implemented in states without the community solar garden legislations (more easily in municipalities and cooperatives than investor-owned utilities). But as more information and data are coming forward (such as that of IREC’s Community Solar Guidelinesat http://www.sunisthefuture.net/2013/06/19/community-solar-resources/ & SEPA’s report at http://www.sunisthefuture.net/2013/07/21/sepa-unveiling-the-curtain-for-a-new-era-the-solar-energy-era/), it becomes quite evident that investing in solar is not only the right thing to do from the perspective of saving our planet, but it also makes perfect economic sense. As the solar industry continues to expand, Paul Spencer reminds us that Feed-In-Tariff will be more feasible than net metering for all parties (solar power generators and utilities) involved.

As Sun Is The Future continues to report on Solar Energy, it is evident that it is due to the creativity and ability of leaders such as Paul Spencer to look for solutions outside of the box that enables solar industry to grow exponentially and to reach all sectors of our society. It is no wonder that U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the Clean Energy Collective “…for expanding the market for electricity produced from renewable energy sources during the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards in San Francisco, California“.

For additional information on security law & tax credit, please also refer to podcast with Paul Spencer & ILSR‘s John Farrellhttp://www.ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Paul-Spencer-LER-b.mp3

To learn more about Clean Energy Collective, please refer to: www.easycleanenergy.com

To learn more about community solar, please also refer to: http://www.ilsr.org/master-limited-partnerships-lousy-policy-solar-or-business/ ,  http://www.ilsr.org/5-barriers-solutions-community-renewable-energy/

http://www.sunisthefuture.net/a-community-solar-gardenfarm/

~have a bright and sunny day~

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4 July

Resistance Is Futile, Sun Is The Future!!!

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Sun Shining Through, Despite Barriers, at Cypress Garden of Florida (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Sun Is Shining Through at Kauai, (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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I’ve just received this email from Adam Browning of Vote Solar, worth sharing, below:

Friends-

One of the most compelling virtues of solar energy is the opportunity for freedom and independence.  Solar means you don’t have to wait for the utility or other powers-that-be to do the right thing…you can take matters into your own hands and do it yourself.  It’s democracy in energy decision-making, in action.

So this 4th of July, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate some recent solar successes in the name of preserving solar rights, providing freedom from the tyranny of pollution, and allowing Americans to pursue the kind of power they want.

Our Thomas Jefferson, if you will, in this revolution is a municipal utility with a goal of 100% carbon-free power. After buying 80 MW of solar at mind-blowingly low rates of 6.9 cents/kWh, [http://votesolar.org/2013/06/palo-alto-municipal-utility-going-big-on-solar/ ] the utility is now on-track to achieve 48% renewables by 2017.  If you want to learn how they did it, we have a webinar scheduled for July 24 [ https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6883292785991818752 ]. America, we can do this.

The California [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/ca-shared-renewables/ ] Legislature, playing the role of Ben Franklin, advanced an innovative new Shared Renewables program — a way for renters and others that don’t have their own roof to participate in the solar economy.  If you want to lead a similar charge in other states, check out the new Shared Renewables Model Rules [http://votesolar.org/2013/07/new-model-rules-for-shared-renewables/ ] we just released with IREC.

In New York [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/net-metering-win-will-help-keep-ny-shining/ ] (Lewis Morris [ http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/morris_l.htm ], natch), the state tripled the net metering cap – clearing the way for many more New Yorkers to use solar and other renewables to meet their own energy needs.  And we expect more solar greatness still to come [http://votesolar.org/2013/06/onwards-new-york/ ] from this home of Lady Liberty.

Minnesota [ http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/minnesota-is-a-governors-signature-away-from-450mw-of-solar ] (umm, John Adams?) did the peoples’ will and passed sweeping new renewable energy policy that included 450 MW of strong solar provisions. Colorado [http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23394636/bill-double-rural-renewable-energy-floor-signed-into ] also doubled its renewable renewable energy goal.

Louisiana  [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/louisiana-beats-back-another-attempt-to-dismantle-net-metering/ ](you choose this one… full list here [ http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/ ]) stood strong for solar rights by fighting back another attempt to dismantle net metering.

And we beta launched Project Permithttp://projectpermit.org/ ], a new campaign to empower Americans nationwide to cut red tape and reduce solar permitting costs in their own communities.

It’s worth noting that this fight for solar freedom faces an incredibly well-funded opposition.  Big Fossil isn’t going down without a fight.  Read this article [ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/07/the-kochs-and-the-action-on-global-warming.html ] about how the Koch brothers are fighting to make sure that Congress protects their profits–at the expense of our children’s future. If your blood isn’t boiling by the end of it, call your doctor, because you don’t have a pulse…

But you know what? They are losing.  This USA Today article [ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/24/stateline-renewable-energy/2452093/ ] does a great job chronicling the renewable roll-back that wasn’t. If history tells us anything, it’s don’t bet against the American people.

One more thing: Intersolar is coming to San Francisco next week. Come join us, and — speaking of things that are free(er) — the first 10 Vote Solar supporters who register will get a *10% discount*. Click here to get that deal [ http://votesolar.org/2013/07/two-conferences-were-excited-about-intersolar-the-national-clean-energy-summit/ ]. California clean energy champion Governor Brown will be delivering the keynote – not to be missed!

Onwards in the pursuit of solar happiness-

Adam & the Vote Solar Team

Vote Solar 101 Montgomery, Suite 2600 San Francisco, CA 94104

The Vote Solar Initiative
300 Brannan Street, Suite 609
San Francisco, CA 94107
www.votesolar.org

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Solar industry is maturing into a multi-billion dollar industry, no longer the smallest kid on the energy block. It is here To STAY! Politicians are well advised to be supportive of solar energy future;it is good for our future generations and politicians’ future elections… for solar industry will not only solve our energy problems, pollution problems, health problems, international conflicts, but also creates local jobs and insures local energy security and economic prosperity.  Any attempt at opposing its progress will be futile, for Sun Is The Future !

Sun Is The Future logo of www.sunisthefuture.net

My fellow Floridians, I’ve always appreciated the relaxed lifestyle and attitude of Floridians, but this is the one time I’d like to see more of us rise up and sign the petition for Solar-FIT For Sunshine State and learn to Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm…for even though we may have wonderful air quality and lower utility bills than many other states now, we are living in a coastal state! If no one makes any effort in transitioning into the renewable/solar energy future, good part of the state of Florida will disappear as a result of the climate change! This should be a non-partisan issue! Not only should we act to slow down the climate change, we should try to encourage earthlings from other parts of the world to do the same. What better way to slow down the climate change than GOING  SOLAR?! Let’s make sure our future elected officials will all be in support of renewables!

Sunrise in Florida (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

~have a bright and sunny day~

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2 February

Sustainability and Clean Energy Talk by Former Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
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Dear Fellow Clean/Solar/Renewable Energy Enthusiasts,

I want to share with you a very informative video clip that was filmed on Dec. 6, 2011, at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, CO, of a talk given by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, as part of a Sustainability Series.  Former Governor Ritter, with his personable demeanor and self-effacing sense of humor, shared with us his trials and tribulations in promoting and establishing clean energy policy/programs during his governorship of CO.  He learned and shared with us the interdependent relationship of Energy-Environment-Economic development-Equity (to protect rate payers/lower income people).  During his travel and talks, he  emphasized the importance of  Americans’ need to continue pushing  issues behind Policy, Technology, and Finance of the Clean Energy programs.  He also mentioned the effectiveness of energy efficiency through governmental policy and finance  that would be worthwhile to move into the private sector.  He also reminded us the value of clean energy programs in community colleges as well as the four year universities/colleges.  His focus now is in working with various state governors’ offices and legislators in clean energy agenda, as part of the Energy Policy Swat Team, to help increase the chance for US to become one of the leaders in energy field in the free world.  Please also pay close attention to the interesting Disconnect (between the American voters and Congressional voting result, such that the fact that the majority of Americans want Clean Energy and are willing to pay for it is not demonstrated in the outcome of Congressional votes) that was brought up toward the end of this talk.  Please listen carefully to the cause and possible solution of/for this disconnect. Without further ado, here is former Governor Bill Ritter:


I’d like to point out, based on part of this talk, that the Number One Clean Energy voted by American people is that of Solar Energy!
Thank you, Governor Ritter, for your time, effort, and candor!

At this point, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I would like to invite you all to revisit my collection of posts and video clips on effective Feed-In-Tariff gathered from May 8-Aug. 4, 2011 and Nov. 11, 2011 posts at http://sunisthefuture.net
~have a bright and sunny day~
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26 January

President Obama’s Discussion on Clean Energy in CO

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
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Dear Friends & Readers,

I want to share a recent discussion by President Obama on clean energy from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO.  Here, in this video clip, you will hear variety of ways of clean energy projects (of, course, Solar Energy was mentioned!) that will help to reduce US dependence on foreign oil, strengthen our national security, cleaner air for future generations, cheaper energy for businesses and families, and creation of lots of jobs in the process.  Let’s look forward to his continued focus and support on boosting manufacturing jobs and training for skilled workers for clean energy future and how the US military is also taking  in that effort. Below, is the video clip of President Obama’s speech, in Colorado.


In response to President Obama’s speech, I would also like to invite President Obama and all US legislators to view May 8, 2011-Aug. 4, 2011, and Nov. 11, 2011 posts at http://sunisthefuture.net in seriously considering to magnifying the impact/effectiveness  of the incentive program of effective Feed-In-Tariff for our energy policy.  The effective implementation of Feed-In-Tariff  (FIT) for renewable/solar energy had proven to be the most effective method in creating  jobs, cleaner air, energy independence, and reducing the chance of war among nations, in many nations on planet earth (but not in US, despite the fact that FIT originated in US.). So, President Obama, please ask our legislative body to re-examine and re-evaluate this incentive policy so it will be more effectively implemented.  In so doing, we will all be able to take part in moving our world toward a cleaner,  more energy-independent, free from wars, and better economic world.
~have a bright and sunny day~

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5 July

Incentive For Solar (15)-Feed-In-Tariff-US

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Happy July 4th!! (Creative Commons, shot from Anderson and Villanova, 07/04/2010)

Firstly, Happy July 4th!!!

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

A thousand apologies for this delayed post. As a result of some family matters, my time had been very restricted this past month. But the upside of this is the fact that I had the opportunity to be exposed to people from various states and a chance to spread more of words on solar/renewable  energy and the idea of Feed-In-Tariff.  I also came across an article, Are Feed-In Tariffs Part of Colorado’s Solar Future?, by James Cartledge in ColoradoEnergyNews, indicated that solar industry groups from 13 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland-DC, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, have said it is high time for the entire country to make use of feed-in-tariffs to encourage homes and businesses to generate their own solar power.

In recent years, I’ve often heard some young people responding to any discussion of our national energy or national debt issues with a “I don’t care and why should we the youth care?” attitude.  So, it is my pleasure to have come across and be able to share this next youtube clip, developed by a young lady from my home state of sunny Florida,  Yelena of University of Florida, who understood that our  youth now will be the ones who will be most affected by the energy policy implemented today.  The real cost of  energy include energy security, environmental pollution, and the impact of climate change.  Our youth of today will be paying for these cost of energy tomorrow.  The sooner more of our youths will come to appreciate Feed-In-Tariff(s) (aka Renewable Energy Dividend Policy), the better chance these youths will not have to pay as high of a price in the future.  Yelena managed to have interviewed Ed Regan, the Assistant General Manager of Gainesville Regional Utility, who was responsible for the implementation of Feed-In-Tariff  in Gainesville, FL and from Andrew Walmsley, Assistant Director of Agriculture Policy of Florida Farm Bureau. You will be able to see/hear Mr. Regan explaining how/why Feed-In-Tariff approach would be superior to the stand-alone Renewable Portfolio Standard and countries with Feed-In-Tariffs end up with more renewable energy at lower cost (reported by National Renewable Energy Lab).  We will also hear from Tim Morgan, the President and CEO of TM Industries,  Jennifer Morgan, owner of MGI Solar Electric Power,  and Don Davis, President of Capital City Bank, explain how  local communities would benefit tremendously and quickly from implementing Feed-In-Tariff. 

Put it simply, Feed-In-Tariff is an incentive policy that requires the power company to buy renewable energy from any one who produces it. No matter how small the producer is, the power company has to buy the renewable energy from the producer. Different tariff rates are set for different renewable energy technologies, linked to the cost of resource development in each case.  Typically, FITs include three key provisions:

  • guaranteed grid access
  • long-term contracts (often 15-25 years) for the electricity produced
  • purchase prices that are based on the cost of renewable energy generation and tend towards grid parity

The cost based prices therefore enable a diversity of projects (wind, solar, etc.) to be developed while investors can obtain a reasonable return on renewable energy investments.

Finally, we have affirmation from FARE (Florida Alliance For Renewable Energy), stating that Feed-In-Tariff, had proven to be the most effective incentive program for rate payer (meaning least costly) for rapid wide spread  deployment of renewable energy toward the path for Energy Independence, Job Creations, and Economic Stimulation.  I believe it is very apropos to give a big SHOUT-OUT for Feed-In-Tariff in our celebration of July 4th, to remind not only those 13 states, but throughout USA that we are ready to walk down the path for ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, JOB CREATIONS, and ECONOMIC STIMULATION…we want Feed-In-Tariff !

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