Our Vision

For Community Renewable Energy, supporting growing nonprofits and protecting the environment go hand in hand. We are a member of Praxia Partners, a family of initiatives that advance community, economic, and sustainable development, and we harness decades of expertise to help you meet your economic and environmental goals.

Innovation through Collaboration

In 2007, Joe Recchie gathered a team to explore energy-saving solutions for sustainable urban development. Our team participated in the ground-breaking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development pilot program and qualified for LEED® platinum-level certification, the highest possible score.

Energized by this success, we began developing plans for the largest community-owned solar energy system in the region. In 2009, our efforts were rewarded with a highly competitive Solar America Showcase Award, and the US Department of Energy singled out our “innovative community ownership structure.”

Collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of experts led to the creation of state-of-the-art, modular, scalable solar power systems ranging in size from small installations (2-3 kilowatts) to utility-grade, grid-connected systems (2 megawatts).

With 10 powerful, highly coveted 1603 Treasury Program grants, we match nonprofits and businesses with customizable turnkey solar power systems in order to shrink both overhead costs and carbon footprints.

Solar at Work

Solar power requires local labor– from glass workers in Toledo to computer programmers in Palo Alto, from machinists in Cleveland to installation specialists across the nation, from truck drivers to engineers. Renewable power also frees organizations from burdensome and unpredictable energy bills, so they can expand and hire.

  • Nearly 120,000 Americans work in the solar power industry
  • 200-400 workers (ranging from research to manufacturing to installation) are required for every 10 megawatts of solar power in use
  • Hiring in the solar industry increased 13% in 2012
  • From Brookings: “The clean economy offers more opportunities and better pay for low- and middle-skilled workers than the national economy as a whole.”

Contact us today for your solar solution and free professional assessment.

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