Energy Bills: 2021 Energy Legislation Update

By |2021-08-03T13:12:29-06:00August 2nd, 2021|Blog Feed|


The 2021 Colorado state legislature adjourned in May passing over 30 bills that will advance clean buildings, climate action, environmental justice, transportation electrification, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and just transition from gas to electricity.  This legislation will support achieving the state’s goal of reducing Greenhouse gas emissions 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 90% by 2050, an achievable and necessary objective.

The majority of the newly […]

CORE’s Guide to Getting Solar

By |2021-08-10T16:43:23-06:00August 2nd, 2021|Blog Feed|


Renewable energy is a big part of getting to net-zero carbon emissions and for homes and businesses, solar is king. Sometimes the hardest part of a project is getting started, but don’t let that slow you down. This guide takes you through the step-by-step process to make getting solar easier than ever. 

There are two main types of solar installations to consider – solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal. […]

Art, Innovation, and the Power of the Sun

By |2021-08-11T09:51:12-06:00July 20th, 2021|Blog Feed|

Paul Soldner loved the sun. The pioneering ceramist, teacher, founder of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, inventor (of Soldner pottery equipment, among a dozen patents), and self-taught green builder employed the sun’s power, energy, light, and symmetry in both his artwork and in the design and construction of his home and studio — which spanned 40 years and incorporated local, natural, and recycled materials whenever possible. Now, with CORE’s help, his […]

CORE’s Guide to Funding Residential Energy Upgrades

By |2021-10-12T12:47:27-06:00July 7th, 2021|Blog Feed|

Sometimes the biggest hurdle between you and energy upgrades is finding funding. We want to help you cut through the cost barriers and bring your energy ideas to life. Here are some of our favorites to get the gears turning: 

Stacking Incentives

If your home or business is in Pitkin or Eagle counties within the Roaring Fork Valley, you can stack utility rebates on top of CORE incentives for up to 50% of your energy project funding. […]

SLEEP is Essential for Building Health

By |2021-07-13T13:36:54-06:00July 7th, 2021|Blog Feed|

Photo of Chalet Lisl, one of the lodges involved in SLEEP.

Aspen’s history is part of what makes this ski town so special. From the Wheeler Opera House to Smuggler Mine, the past is all around us. But things are changing at a rapid pace, and Aspen is at risk of losing its small ski town charm (think Little Annie’s and Boogies Diner). CORE has an awesome program in place to preserve history while […]

Top 10 Energy Terms We Want You To Know

By |2021-07-15T11:26:10-06:00June 24th, 2021|Blog Feed|

1. Path to Zero

Definition: CORE’s 5 step plan to get you and your home to carbon-free living.

Why it’s important: The Path to Zero is the most effective order to tackle commercial or residential energy upgrades. […]

The CORE Grant is back!

By |2021-07-16T12:32:31-06:00June 4th, 2021|Blog Feed|

After a year hiatus, we are excited to announce the CORE Grant (formerly the Randy Udall True Pioneer Grant) is rejoining the funding lineup! We can all agree 2020 was a trying year, and due to covid-19 we had to put our flagship grant on a pause and make a couple of changes. We are taking advantage of our updated territory (Pitkin and Eagle Counties in the Roaring Fork Valley) to […]

The 5 W’s of Cooling with a Heat Pump

By |2022-01-03T12:03:16-07:00June 3rd, 2021|Blog Feed|

What’s the best way to cool in the summer without an air conditioner? No AC, no problem. Consider a cold-climate heat pump.

It might have heat in the name but heat pumps don’t produce heat. They move it around. When it gets hot inside, a heat pump will move hot air outside leaving you with a cool, comfortable temperature. They do the opposite in the winter […]

Green Gigs: How a Performing Arts Center Can Be Net Zero

By |2021-11-17T16:50:22-07:00May 13th, 2021|Blog Feed|

The Contemporary, currently a work in progress, will be Colorado’s most energy-efficient and lowest carbon-emitting performing arts center.

It was a near miss and chance encounter that started The Arts Campus at Willits on its Path to Zero. But as the arts organization winds up construction on its new Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts, AKA The Contemporary, and gets ready to welcome audiences in […]

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