FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2012
Clean Energy Collective Receives Industry Award for Major Achievement and Excellence in U.S. Marketplace
Community-owned solar garden developer receives the 2012 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award
SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 21, 2012) Clean Energy Collective has announced today that it has received the 2012 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) for its 858 kW Garfield County Airport Community Solar Array in Rifle, Colorado. Recognizing major achievements in U.S. PV solar energy, the award was presented to Clean Energy Collective (CEC) at the PV America West event in San Jose, Calif., a Solar Power International event showcasing exhibits from more than 160 companies, drawing more than 4,000 industry attendees.
Eighty-five submissions were evaluated by an independent panel of judges representing associations, distributors, government, integrators, manufacturers and utilities. To qualify for the awards, all projects had to be operational and demonstrate a collective benefit to the community and innovative use of policy and financing to enhance the project's impact.
One of three winners, CEC's Garfield County Airport Solar Array is an 858 kW solar garden sited on five acres of otherwise unusable south-facing hillside at the small, regional airport. The array's 3,575-panels produce over 1,500 MWh (1.5 GWh) of clean, renewable energy each year, and will serve about 350 CEC members in the Holy Cross Energy territory at capacity. CEC's proprietary RemoteMeter™ system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all residential and commercial utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power without modifying their home or office.
"It is very important that we continue to acknowledge new innovation in PV and the successful completion of solar projects now and in the future," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. "Through the Clean Energy Collective and Holy Cross Energy partnership, the Clean Energy Collective Community-Owned Solar Farm makes PV solar energy accessible to everyone on the grid by giving citizens the opportunity to own individual panels."
Engineering procurement and construction of the Garfield County Airport Solar Array, currently the largest community-owned solar array in the nation, was directed by Martifer Solar USA. Project supervision and installation of the PV panels was managed by Carbondale-based integrator Sunsense Solar.
"The Clean Energy Collective is proud to be recognized by SEIA and SEPA for our community-owned solar garden model. Our mission has always been to move the needle on renewable energy adoption, and we're very excited by the remarkable success this model is delivering." Paul Spencer, CEC founder and CEO.
This is one of a string of awards recognizing CEC's community solar model, including the Department of Energy's 2011 "Innovative Green Power Program of the Year" award and Climate Change Business Journal's "2011 Business Achievement Award." The CEC's community solar model has the potential to vastly expand the market for PV across America as it allows solar-ownership access to nearly six times as many people as traditional rooftop solar.
About Clean Energy Collective
Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is a developer of community-based renewable energy facilities and a leader in community power generation. CEC has pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. The CEC's proprietary RemoteMeter® system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power credited directly on their monthly utility bills, without modifying their home or office.
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