LAKEWOOD, COLO. and LOUISVILLE, COLO. (May 25, 2016) – Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), and Clean Energy Collective, the nation’s leading community solar solutions provider, announce their organizations will work together to help public power utilities offer community solar programs to customers. Community solar provides every customer in a utility territory the ability to participate in the benefits of local clean power generation through locally sited, utility-scale solar PV arrays.
“In light of public power’s growing demand for flexible community solar solutions, Hometown Connections is excited to be partnering with CEC,” said Tim Blodgett, president & chief executive officer. “CEC is providing equal access to affordable, local clean power generation by making solar power available to everyone with an electric bill. CEC has made clean energy accessible and a smart financial decision by eliminating site issues such as home orientation, shading and building ownership (renters); and minimizing the financial barrier to entry through allowing participants to scale their purchases down to a single panel if needed.”
At the foundation of CEC’s business practice is a mutually-beneficial alignment with utilities, helping make a solar option available to all of their ratepayers while preserving utilities’ direct, grid-tied relationship with them. CEC develops medium-scale (500 kW to 20 MW) solar facilities in a partner utility territory sited for optimal production and grid integration. The energy generated flows directly to the utility under a mutually agreed contract. All utility customers have the opportunity to participate in the shared solar facility. In return, participants receive credit for the energy generated directly on their monthly electric bills. CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeter® software automatically monitors production and integrates directly with the utility’s billing system to manage on-bill crediting. Programs with utility partners can be utility-branded or CEC-branded.
“CEC is thrilled to be partnering with Hometown Connections because the objectives of community solar and public power align so well,” said Jonathan W. Postal (J.W.), Clean Energy Collective’s chief operations officer. “Community solar, like community-owned utilities, keeps energy dollars in the local economy, helping strengthen the community.”
CEC works daily with utility stakeholders to understand their specific needs and challenges and specific market conditions that guide successful program design. CEC’s solutions range from comprehensive project design and development to its Community Solar Platform, the industry’s only suite of software and services for community solar.
Through Hometown Connections, APPA members gain access to discount pricing on CEC’s industry-leading software and services, making it easier than ever to offer all solar power to every utility customer.
About Hometown Connections International, LLC
Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, offering public power utilities guidance and access to quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections personnel provide consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, strategic planning, governance development, market research, and staffing. Hometown Connections is a resource to APPA members large and small, providing discounted pricing on technology, services, and other solutions from industry-leading companies. The products and services offered through Hometown Connections include the full range of advanced grid solutions, as well as financial and organizational management tools and consulting. For more information, visit www.hometownconnections.com, https://www.facebook.com/HTConnections, https://twitter.com/HTConnections.
About Clean Energy Collective
A solar tech pioneer in 2009, Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has grown to become the world’s leading developer of community solar solutions. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale solar PV facilities accessible to all utility customers. Since establishing the country’s first community-owned solar array near El Jebel, Colorado in 2010, CEC has built or has under development more than 90 RooflessSolar™ projects with 26 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers, and representing more than 160 MW of community solar capacity. www.easycleanenergy.com
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