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  • MARCH 16, 2017

    Introducing Our Core Values - Transparent

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    • Started by  SunShare

    Last month we introduced you to the five core values that define what we believe and how we behave as people and as a company: Friendly, Environmental, Transparent, Results-Driven, and Inquisitive.

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  • JANUARY 24, 2017

    Introducing Our Core Values - Inquisitive

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    • Started by  SunShare

    The SunShare experience has always been, and will continue to be, about community, and making it possible for anyone to benefit from clean, locally produced solar energy. As a company...

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  • JANUARY 02, 2017

    INFOGRAPHIC: Community Solar Progress by State

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    • Started by  SunShare

    Solar energy is growing at exponential rates across the county, and we are starting to see community solar gain momentum in many states around the nation as part of that growth. However, not all...

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  • DECEMBER 20, 2016

    Last-Minute Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

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    • Started by  SunShare

    Shop ‘til you drop (your carbon footprint)!

    Still have holiday shopping to do? Here are some last-minute environmentally friendly gift ideas for people on your list.

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  • NOVEMBER 30, 2016

    INFOGRAPHIC: How SunShare Community Solar Works

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    • Started by  SunShare

    After many months of development and construction to make a community solar garden a reality, it starts producing clean, solar electricity. But what’s next, and how it does it work for you?

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  • NOVEMBER 22, 2016

    How to Make Black Friday Green

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    • Started by  SunShare

    This Black Friday, we know what you’re thinking: How can I shop Black Friday deals sustainably? How can I pass along my environmental friendliness to my friends and family through gifts? With our helpful tips, tricks, and lists, you can get the best of both...

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  • NOVEMBER 04, 2016

    INFOGRAPHIC: How a Solar Garden is Built

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    • Started by  SunShare

    There is a lot that goes into building and operating a solar garden before it begins producing clean solar energy and providing you with savings on your electricity costs. Spoiler Alert: Despite what the name implies, the solar panels do not magically sprout out of the Earth...

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  • OCTOBER 26, 2016

    Infocast Community Solar 2016: Community Solar Entering the Solar Industry Mainstream

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    • Started by  SunShare

    Last week, Infocast, a leading renewable energy conference producer, put on the first ever community-solar-centric conference. While most solar energy conferences feature community solar through speakers or workshops, this is the first solar conference to be centered solely on community solar energy as a market. This is...

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  • FEBRUARY 8, 2016

    NASA says 2015 warmest year on record

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    • Started by  SunShare

    2015 was not just a record year for worldwide heat, 2015 shattered the record that was set just one year prior in 2014. The past 2 years have been the hottest years this earth has seen since we started recording temperature in 1880. Additionally, 15 of the top 16 warmest years have happened since 2001. According...

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  • JANUARY 7, 2016

    Common Community Solar Question- What if my panels don’t produce energy?

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    • Started by  Eric Graham

    Common Community Solar Questions- What if my solar panels don’t produce energy, or enough energy? The easy answer to this question is that you won’t be charged, and you won’t experience any kind of interruption in your electricity either. Since the bill from SunShare is based solely on the energy production in the solar gardens, if the garden doesn...

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  • JANUARY 6, 2016

    The Magic of Colorado Springs

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    • Started by  Eric Graham

    David Amster-Olszewski founded SunShare in 2010 in Colorado Springs. Before this, David had been working in the solar industry and was looking for ways to make it more accessible for every person. One evening while explaining his grievances with his mother, Robyn, she said she didn’t understand why solar energy wasn’t easier for everyone to obtain, “it...

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  • DECEMBER 22, 2015

    A customer’s letter to the editor, SunShare and Community Solar

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    • Started by  Eric Graham

    Original content came from Letter to the Editor for Southwest Journal, which can be seen HERE December 22, 2015 BY: KATE WELLNER I grew up in a household with parents who taught me the value of a sustainable lifestyle. We recycled before it was “cool” and they fostered in me a love for the natural environment and a drive to protect it. Because I wa...

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  • DECEMBER 18, 2015

    Solar Tax Credits (ITC) have officially been extended for 5 more years?

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    BREAKING NOW…The $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill has officially passed in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The Solar Energy Industry Association, who pushed for the passing of this legislation on behalf of the solar industry, expressed jubilation this morning as this is major victory for all solar companies. The White House has ...

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  • DECEMBER 16, 2015

    A vote to extend the Investment Tax Credit for 5 more years

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    12/16/2016 Breaking Now– Big news for all solar companies in the United States, as well as the 200,000 employed in the solar industry coming out of Washington D.C. today. The renewal, or extension, of the ITC (Investment Tax Credit) has been added to the omnibus appropriations bill 2016 filed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, the ITC p...

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  • DECEMBER 15, 2015

    How to Get Solar Power in Minnesota Without a Rooftop System

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    By Austin Gangestad, SunShare Subscriber Community Solar is a great option Life always has a funny way of timing its opportunities. A few months ago, Austin Gangestad and his fiancée had the grand ambition of purchasing a ‘Tiny Home’, the most recent minimalist housing trend. Ideally, they wanted to install solar panels onto their Tiny Home, and ...

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  • DECEMBER 8, 2015

    Top 10 Green Gift Ideas

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    The holiday gifting countdown has already begun. With US Postal Service shipping deadlines fast approaching, we thought we’d put together a list of green gift ideas that will put you in good graces with all your recipients, but also help save our planet in the process. Oh, and those shipping deadlines are as follows just in case you weren’t sur...

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  • DECEMBER 7, 2015

    Guide to the Paris Climate Summit, COP21

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    We all know by now that there is a Climate Change Summit happening right now in Paris with leaders from all over the world. But what really is happening, and what are the goals of the Paris Climate Summit that is also being referred to also as COP21? We have put together this handy guide that lays out some of the major facets of what is going on, and wha...

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  • DECEMBER 1, 2015

    How does Community Solar work?

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    We get asked a lot about community solar, and how it works. So how does community solar work? We want to not only provide details about how it functions, but also how it benefits you and your community. Most of us inherently know how solar works. Maybe not the scientific details, but overall we know that solar energy is the transforming of light and energy...

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  • NOVEMBER 24, 2015

    Why the Buhrs of Minneapolis Chose Community Solar

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    • Started by  Melanie Kelly

    Dan Buhr of Minneapolis and his wife visited friends in California last year and for the first time, they saw a rooftop solar installation up close on their friend’s home. “Our friends love their panels. They offset their home’s energy from fossil fuels, and save money in the process.” Seeing their friends’ satisfaction inspired the Buhrs to examine s...

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  • NOVEMBER 17, 2015

    Why 2016 is the Year to Choose Community Solar

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Written by Melanie C. Kelly, SunShare Marketing Manager Earlier this month, Greentech Media (GTM) hosted their annual Solar Market Insights Conference in San Diego. One major undercurrent of the conference was that the solar industry is reaching its stride, despite the looming expiration of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in 2017. Another major theme was ...

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  • NOVEMBER 11, 2015

    Reducing utility bills by tapping into solar power is now affordable and easy

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Lots of people know the value of solar energy. We may not talk about it in our casual conversations, but the benefits are obvious. For years, many have lamented that so much beautiful, golden sunlight falls to the ground — unused and untapped — while we pay exorbitant fees for the generation of power. Many would gladly join the solar parade if only it we...

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  • NOVEMBER 10, 2015

    5 Ways Community Solar is Simply Ingenious

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    There is a new utility program available to Hennepin County residents that is allowing homeowners to enjoy the benefits of clean, renewable energy. As a result of Minnesota legislation passed in 2013, Xcel Energy customers can now simply subscribe to a Community Solar garden built by SunShare, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced community solar compa...

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  • NOVEMBER 3, 2015

    Subscriber Profiles – Di of Colorado Springs, an Original SunShare Adopter

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Di Graski When Di Graski and her husband first tried to go solar several years ago, they looked into installing rooftop panels at their home in Colorado Springs. “We called a solar installer and had him come to look at our roof and do the math and figure out whether we were in a good site,” she said. “We discovered that we aren’t in a good place for ro...

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  • OCTOBER 27, 2015

    Locally Produced Community Solar Comes to Minneapolis Metro Region

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Xcel Energy customers in the Minneapolis Metro region can now enjoy the benefits of solar energy as their electricity source. SunShare is currently enrolling residents in their newest community solar program. Depending on their electricity usage, residents who opt-in to the program may save as much as $500 a year on electricity bills. Rather than install...

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  • AUGUST 11, 2015

    Takeaways from Intersolar 2015

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Impressions and takeaways from Jon Sullivan, SunShare’s Director of Project Development SunShare at Intersolar Intersolar North America is an annual conference aimed at bringing solar industry professionals together to discuss technology, policy, financing, and other relevant trends in the solar industry. This year the conference was held in San Fran...

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  • MAY 18, 2015

    Top 3 Take-Aways from the 2015 GreenTech Media Solar Summit 2015

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Written by Jeff Martin, SunShare Senior Director of Sales For those who love solar industry research and insight, this year’s GreenTech Media Solar Summit in Phoenix was as valuable as ever. Here are three top takeaways from the conference: 1) Community Solar is Hot

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  • MAY 8, 2015

    GALLERY: 4.17.17 SunShare and NRG Solar Celebration

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    What a success our Solar Celebration was! Despite the irony of the weather being snowy, wet and freezing, warmth from Community Solar supporters still radiated throughout the event. We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out! From Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, our partners NRG, the students and staff of Academy 360 and Kent Denver, all...

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  • APRIL 11, 2015

    SunShare at sustainnovation

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    #‎SunShare‬ is at the ‪#‎UCCS‬ ‪#‎Sustainnovation‬ and ‪#‎ClimateChange‬ symposium! UCCS helps meet their renewable energy needs by purchasing solar power from SunShare’s solar gardens in ‪#‎ColoradoSprings‬. It is a great day of learning, connecting and taking action for a more sustainable future. We are truly inspired by this campus...

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  • MARCH 27, 2015

    Community Solar: the 4th Solar Vertical & Infocast’s Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit 2015

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    SunShare’s Director of Finance, Christopher Sayler, and Senior Vice President, Jonathan W. (J.W.) Postal, recently attended the Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit (SPFI) and connected with solar industry and finance professionals in back to back meetings over a 3 day period. Photo Courtesy of Infocast Twitter J.W. was invited by Infocast to offer h...

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  • MARCH 10, 2015

    Women In Solar

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    • Started by  Isabel McCan

    Last month three of our Denver team members participated in a Women in Solar Energy discussion & meeting in Denver. ‪#‎NationWISE‬ was held in various cities across the country. SunShare is a proud supporter of Women in Solar Energy and we believe that diversity and equality creates a stronger workplace.

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