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Why Garfield Clean Energy?

Economic growth through energy efficiency, alternative fuels and local power

The purpose of Garfield Clean Energy is to help residents, businesses and governments throughout Garfield County, Colo., become more energy efficient and tap clean energy as a means to creating a stronger, more resilient economy.

Speeding the transition to a clean energy economy creates measurable economic benefits:

  • Diversify the economy
  • Create and expand new business opportunities
  • Lower energy costs for families, businesses, and
    governments, freeing up funds for other priorities
  • Grow the local economy
  • Create new jobs
  • Lower business operating expenses
  • Create competitive advantages
  • Stabilize energy costs
  • Use Colorado-produced natural gas and electricity for
    alternative transportation fuels

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Energy efficiency, local power, and clean transportation add up to measurable economic and environmental benefits.

CUMULATIVE RESULTS 2010-20 (except where noted):

Households

1,330   Household projects
$530,000   Annual energy savings

Commercial

368   Businesses, churches, nonprofit projects
$1.05 million   Annual energy savings
$4.92 million   Investment stimulated

Government

34   Government facility energy efficiency upgrades
$1.9 million   Investment stimulated
90 buildings   Using Navigator data to cut costs
$798,000   Annual energy savings


32   Government buildings, facilities, schools and libraries powered by solar energy, totaling 4.6 megawatts
 Community solar gardens, totaling 7.0 megawatts
TOTAL of all government and solar gardens produces enough to power 2,400 homes

40 (77 plugs)   Public EV charging stations
 Compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations
 RFTA fleet electric buses
34   RFTA fleet CNG buses
125   Electric vehicles (EV) sold during GCE's group-sales events
120,000   Bicycle miles ridden

353   Participating contractors and distributors
$7.04 million   Cumulative energy savings
Over $42 million stimulated including all solar, CNG stations and efficiency upgrades

49,120 metric tons of carbon avoided from energy efficiency projects alone – equivalent to annual carbon emissions from 5,300 homes or 10,500 vehicles

Feb 2020 Update