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  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.

PG&E has extended the deadline for customers to change their solar energy rate plan to May 31, 2016. If you are considering installing a solar system in 2016, contact California Solar immediately and lock in the best possible rates for your renewable energy. Making this rate plan change could save you 20% or more