Project News

  California Solar Electric Company is featured on this season’s cover of BriarPatch Coop’s publication, The Vine. We appreciate working with BriarPatch, building their new photovoltaic solar energy system. It is a great match of cooperative values, community resources and sustainability. Included here are a few excerpts from the article that explain a bit more about the process we are engaged in as we examine the possibility of becoming a worker-owned cooperative. From The Vine:
Cooperatives are enterprises that are owned, controlled, and operated for the benefit of the members, and are democratically governed on the principle of one member, one vote. In a consumer cooperative like BriarPatch, the voting members are the people who buy the goods from the business. A worker cooperative’s members are the people who work in the co-op, and are referred to as worker-owners.

Construction on the BriarPatch Co-op parking and solar project began May 19, 2016. Hats off to BriarPatch for being a community leader in environmental responsibility! The cooperatively-owned grocery store is installing an innovative 680-panel, 469,000-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to run along the center of an expanded parking lot. It will be the largest such solar array in Nevada County.
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