Your guide to Power Africa

This June, President Obama unveiled the Power Africa initiative, which hopes to double the electricity available for sub-Saharan Africa.  Continue reading

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Universities warm to solar power

Across the nation, institutions of higher education are turning to solar power in order to commit to sustainability and to lower operating costs– and to stand out to environmentally-conscious potential students.

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People + the planet: Cleveland’s push for environmental justice

We love to learn about how urban centers become healthier, more environmentally responsible, and more energy independent. In the heart of the Rust Belt, Cleveland, shows us how a city can meet climate challenges while supporting equity and inclusionContinue reading

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Nonprofits shine thanks to solar

Today, we look at the diverse array of nonprofits benefiting from renewable energy. Will your nonprofit be the next to go solar? Continue reading

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A small Tanzanian village shows solar is key for rural families

Recently, a small community in rural Tanzania has turned to solar. How does solar power transform everyday life for rural families across the globe? Continue reading

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Mandates matter: Spotlight on Ohio’s energy standards

So much depends on Ohio’s embattled energy standards. So, why have valuable renewable and energy efficiency mandates been frozen until at least 2016? Inside the fight for a greener Ohio. Continue reading

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The Midwest goes green: 7 updates

Can solar power thrive in the Midwest? Absolutely! Today, we take a look at renewable energy news from across the Midwest.  Continue reading

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Allies in Solar: SOPEC

There are folks all over the United States that are pondering the same question:
When fossil fuel energy is so heavily subsidized, how can we provide renewable energy today at the same cost as carbon based power with little to no subsidization? 

We love meeting and collaborating with others pondering the same questions as us. And we are energized by working with like-minded, innovative and inclusive partners towards our shared missions! After one conversation with the folks at the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council and Green Schools Initiative in Athens County, Ohio, it was obvious that we had found more allies in our quest!

Joe Recchie, CRE and Roger Wilkens, SOPEC sharing ideas about solar in Columbus, Ohio

Joe Recchie, CRE and Roger Wilkens, SOPEC sharing ideas about solar in Columbus, Oh

SOPEC is a council of governments that are combining the pooled purchase power of Athens County to acquire reasonably priced electricity and other energy services. Particularly exciting is a special project of SOPEC – the UpGrade Athens County – a green schools initiative that aims to increase sustainability of Athens County public schools.

The Green Schools Initiative members are conducting energy audits of the school buildings to create customized action plans that will increase energy efficiency and integrate renewable energy into their energy profiles. The Initiative intends to create collaborative and cooperative solar arrays that can offset the school’s energy costs and drastically reduce energy costs.

Southeast Ohio communities are creating exciting and innovative approaches to solar and CRE will support it in every way we can!

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Kenyon College and CRE partner on solar Farm installation

Recently, Ohio’s Kenyon College and Community Renewable Energy launched an exciting pilot project for installing solar power at the Kenyon Farm. Continue reading

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Thinking outside the box: New models for going green

It seems that every week brings us news of a new model for going green. 

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