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Valley nonprofits host a solar energy seminar in Rifle

Jul 13, 2017

Credit Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The local renewable energy nonprofits CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), CORE (Community Office for Resource Efficiency), and Garfield Clean Energy are bringing energy companies and local governments together at a gathering on Friday at the Rifle Library, which, as it happens, is powered by solar arrays.

The goal is to discuss expanding solar energy in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties.


Speakers include Bryan Hannegan, the new CEO of Holy Cross Energy, along with others from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Colorado Solar Industries Association.


The workshop will focus on working towards the clean energy targets many local governments have set for themselves. What will it take, for example, to see more community solar gardens? How can more roof space be converted into solar energy production?


CLEER has the greater goal of creating what it’s calling a “clean energy” corridor from Parachute to Vail to Aspen. They want to better coordinate clean energy efforts in the region’s communities.