Rifle, already on the map as a Western Slope hot spot for solar energy, continues to push the envelope. The planned Garfield County Education Center, due to break ground this summer near the Rifle fairgrounds, is demonstrating how designing energy efficiency and clean energy into a project from the start can produce an affordable, nearly-net-zero building.

Energy Consulting for Member GovernmentsGarfield Clean Energy member governments lead by example, making clean energy investments to improve operations and save taxpayer dollars.Member governments also benefit from custom energy consulting with CLEER’s team of experts in energy efficiency, facility management and renewable energy.Services provided to member governments include:Annual energy reviews with facility managers and decision-makers.Policies

SolSmart for Garfield Clean Energy member governmentsSolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties and regional organizations that foster the development of local solar markets.The Garfield Clean Energy board supports the goal of having its member governments achieve Sol Smart designation. It’s a way to recognize that solar energy is a valuable resource and

Local Government Solar Arrays in Garfield CountyGarfield Clean Energy member governmentsTown of Parachute22.9 kilowatts at 3 facilitiesTown Hall: 9.7 kW, 2010Water Treatment Plant: 9.6 kW, 2010I-70 Rest Area Solar Flowers: 3.6 kW, 2010City of Rifle2,775 kilowatts at 13 facilitiesWater Treatment Plant pump station: 600 kW, 2008Wastewater Treatment Plant: 1,720 kW, 2009 (largest government array in