Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a community solar solutions provider, just entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Renovus Solar that will provide the Ithaca, N.Y.-based solar developer access to CEC’s Community Solar Platform (CSP), the comprehensive suite of software and services that enable efficient community solar program design, implementation, and operation. This integration will immediately provide Renovus Solar with the power to proficiently navigate the complexities of community solar program management and bring to fruition a 100-MW community solar portfolio over the next few years.
Renovus Solar is the first solar developer in New York to license CEC’s suite of tools and services, using the online marketing, lead generation, and sales engagement tools and the online customer portal MyOwnCleanEnergy to rapidly deploy its large-scale community solar initiative and deliver projects across western and central New York.
“Our goal is to make solar power simple, accessible, and affordable to everyone who pays an electric bill. CEC’s Community Solar Platform unlocks the potential of community solar, which can provide unprecedented access to cleaner, cheaper electricity for everyone,” said Joe Sliker, CEO of Renovus Solar.
CEC’s Community Solar Platform offers a proven software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for community solar. Based on CEC’s, Community Solar Platform is the foundation for dozens of projects with a variety of partners in differing regulatory environments, serving thousands of residential, commercial, non-profit and municipal customers. The tools make community solar program management simple and cost effective, allowing project owners to streamline processes, lower costs, achieve greater capital efficiency, and realize better margins. Making these tools available to utility, developer, and asset partners is changing the industry landscape by vastly accelerating deployment and consumer adoption.
Under the New York’s Shared Renewables Program, residents can purchase or subscribe to individual solar panels in a community-sited array and receive credit for the power production directly on their monthly electric bills, as if the panels were located on their own roof. Community solar provides opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools and businesses equal access to the financial and environmental benefits of local clean power generation.
— Solar Builder magazine