May 5, 2016 – Are you looking for ways to save money on your energy bill while also helping the environment? Benefitting from solar energy is no longer only available to those who can afford and utilize solar panels on their homes. With the advent of community solar energy gardens, the opportunity to participate in the solar revolution is open to anyone that pays for energy in their home or organization.

The Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF) is conducting a survey regarding local interest in community solar energy gardens. The goal of this survey is to create informational workshops on solar gardens that community members will find valuable. If you would like to take the survey, it is available online at

The RETF, part of Region Nine Development Commission, is a dedicated group of citizens, elected officials, business owners, educational institutions, nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies that share an interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.