Summit envisions tri-county solar network, joint projects
A new effort to ramp up renewable energy projects in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties is moving forward, thanks to a “solar roadmapping” summit last week in Glenwood Springs.
The summit was organized by CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy, and facilitated by staff from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Over 60 representatives of local governments, utilities and other stakeholders attended.
Building on numerous previous discussions, the regional effort offers a powerful vehicle for boosting economic development, diversification and resilience. By working together at regional scale, our three counties can best seize the opportunities of the growing clean energy economy.
Participants at last week’s summit tentatively agreed to align their efforts across the three-county region with the state’s current goal of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2040. They also identified opportunities to collaborate on projects such as utility-scale and rooftop solar and region-wide electric vehicle infrastructure.
Garfield County logged clean energy gains in 2018
The numbers are in, and 2018 was a banner year for rooftop solar installations in Garfield County – especially in Glenwood Springs.
CLEER staff, who provide energy coaching throughout the county on behalf of Garfield Clean Energy, assisted in 35 home and business projects in 2018. Those arrays added 255 kW to the county’s installed capacity, and spurred $850,000 in local investment.
A special shout-out goes to Glenwood Springs Electric, whose customers accounted for over half the installations. Our staff were able to help 18 residential and 3 commercial property owners score GSE rebates, totaling over $46,000 to lower the costs of their projects.
Check out CLEER’s new website
CLEER has a new website! Give it a spin, if you haven’t already. A good place to start is the Impact section, which tells compelling stories of how the clean-energy transition is transforming a region, improving lives and helping curb climate change.
Here’s an event presented by a partner organization that may be of interest:
Thursday, March 14 – HomeFit for Seniors
4-6 p.m., Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd St., Carbondale
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