Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy2018-08-23T10:54:11+00:00

Using renewable energy to heat and cool your home is essential in reducing your carbon footprint. You avoid continuous extraction of earth’s finite resources and reduce your carbon emissions. But what makes sense for you, your home, and your region?

One third of the United State’s  greenhouse gas emissions are from electricity, largely due to coal-fired power plants.

THE LOWDOWN

There are many forms of renewable energy: solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power.

Solar Energy: Solar PV, solar thermal, and community solar gardens are all different options to power your home with the sun. Prices of solar photovoltaic are at an all-time low, so it might be time to re-consider your options.

Geothermal Energy: uses hot water from the ground to generate energy. Have you visited the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs? Not only do the hot springs provide a relaxing day-trip for many Roaring Fork Valley residents, they also heat the lodge, snowmelt system, pool lobby, and stores. The Glenwood Springs Lodge is the largest geothermally heated building in Colorado.

Geoexchange Systems: use the ground as a heat exchanger, extracting heat into, or out of, the ground. This source of clean energy can be cost-effective on large and small scales. Did you know that these systems, also known as ground-source heat pumps, are 65% more energy efficient than your average HVAC system? Ideally, a ground source heat pump would offset the electricity used to power the heat pump with an on-site solar PV system.

Hydroelectric Power: Rivers are important and valuable resource to many Coloradans and Roaring Fork Valley residents. Using flowing water to generate electrical energy, hydropower is considered another valuable alternative to non-renewable energy sources. Check it out in action locally at the Ruedi Reservoir, where a five-megawatt hydroelectric plant can be found.

Wind Energy: uses turbines to create energy through air flow. According to the Colorado Energy Office, 17.3% of the electricity generated in Colorado is through wind.

*Customers of certain electric utilities can pay a little extra on their utility bill to ensure their electricity comes from renewable energy. Xcel Energy customers can subscribe to the Windsource program; Holy Cross Energy customers can subscribe to Renewable Energy Purchase Program. City of Aspen electric customers automatically receive 100% renewable energy.

HOW TO PAY FOR YOUR PROJECT


Solar PV Rebate

CORE rebates: $0.75 per watt up to 3 kilowatts for on-site, customer-owned systems or $0.50 per watt up to 1.5 kilowatts for on-site, customer-leased systems

  • Home Energy Assessment required
  • System must be grid-tied, connected to an electric utility. Web-connected energy monitoring system required.
  • Certifying installer holds current North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification in PV
  • For your rebate application to be considered complete, we will need to see a final electrical inspection, a one-line diagram and a PV Watts Report

Solar Thermal Rebate:

CORE rebates: $1,500 per panel for up to two panels, or up to $3,000 total

  • Home Energy Assessment required
  • Certifying installer holds current North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified solar thermal installer or Master Plumber certification.
  • Web-connected meter required

Geothermal System Rebate:

CORE rebates: 25% of project cost up to $3,000


Micro-hydro System rebate:

CORE rebates: 25% of project cost up to $3,000


Utility rebates may be available: