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Heat Beneath Our Feet: Carbondale to hold geothermal open house April 24

By March 27, 2024No Comments

The team behind a proposed district geothermal demonstration project in Carbondale will host a workshop and community open house on Wednesday, April 24. The free “Heat Beneath Our Feet” event at Carbondale’s Third Street Center will consist of two parts, the first geared for industry professionals and the second for the general public.

The Carbondale Community Geothermal Coalition is currently conducting a feasibility and design study to build what’s known as a community thermal energy network, which would heat and cool a 16-acre section of Carbondale comprising a mix of institutional and residential buildings.

Led by CLEER, the project is one of only 11 nationwide to receive an initial feasibility study and design grant through the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office.

Industry professionals – planners, engineers, architects, public officials, builders and developers – and anyone interested in the detailed aspects of district geothermal ground-source systems are invited to the workshop portion of the event from 3 to 5 p.m.

Presenters will include Holy Cross Energy CEO Bryan Hannegan and representatives of CLEER, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and The Grey Edge Group (the geothermal consultant for the project). A moderated panel with facilitated group discussion will follow.

Please register in advance for the professional workshop, as space is limited:

Community members are encouraged to attend the family-friendly open house, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be several Q & A stations to learn about “The Heat Beneath Our Feet” principles and the proposed Carbondale project, and kids will be able to have fun with a craft table and participate in a science activity hosted by the Aspen Science Center.

Pizza and snacks will be provided, and Spanish translation will be available. It’s not necessary to register for the open house.

The Carbondale Community Geothermal Coalition includes the Town of Carbondale, Roaring Fork School District, Carbondale Branch Library, CLEER and the Third Street Center.

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