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March, 2024

Heat Beneath Our Feet: Carbondale geothermal workshop & open house April 24

The team behind a proposed geothermal demonstration project in Carbondale will host a workshop and community open house on Wednesday, April 24. The free “Heat Beneath Our Feet” event at Carbondale’s Third Street Center will consist of two parts, the first geared for industry professionals and the second for the general public.

The Carbondale Community Geothermal Coalition is currently in the midst of a feasibility and design study to build what’s known as a community thermal energy network, which would heat and cool a 16-acre section of Carbondale comprising a mix of institutional and residential buildings. Read more...

Hurry, ReEnergize funding is going fast!

Are you sick of high winter heating bills? Bracing yourself for another hot, stuffy summer? It doesn't have to be this way! Our ReEnergize Garfield County program offers financial aid of $2,000-4,000 for home energy upgrades, which will save you money and make your home more comfortable.

But don't delay, because the program has already allocated half of this year's funding in its first month. Learn more and apply here.

Garfield County's success in solar energy development

Garfield County has a long history of energy production, and it continues to pursue an “all of the above” energy strategy. That includes renewable energy, which is becoming a growing part of the mix.

In fact, Garfield County – including all the towns in the county, the county itself, and major organizations such as Colorado Mountain College – has emerged as an inspiring example of how a rural region can make major progress on solar energy production, while diversifying its economy along the way. Read more...

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Carbondale will pay you to remove turf

The Town of Carbondale is launching a Residential Turf Buy-Back program in partnership with Bee Friendly Carbondale. Carbondale residents who irrigate their grass with town water are eligible to apply and can receive $2 per square foot of turf removed. The best way to lower your monthly water bill, conserve water, and support biodiversity is to remove some or all of your lawn and replace it with a low-water landscape. Here’s the application.

Stay tuned for news about a similar program about to launch for the second year in Glenwood Springs...

Low-interest loans for clean energy projects available

Looking for financing for an energy-efficiency, electrification or solar project? The Colorado Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) offers clean energy financing for both residential and commercial property owners.

CCEF’s primary residential offering, the Colorado Residential Energy Upgrade Loan (RENU) program, makes low-cost, long-term loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. For commercial borrowers, CCEF’s suite of loan products have flexible term lengths and below-market interest rates so businesses can save big on operating costs. More information…

Upcoming events

Tuesday, March 26: Coal Basin Methane Project Community Event - a report-out on research findings to date, Basalt Regional Library (6-8 p.m.); the presentation will be repeated in Redstone on April 4.

Monday, April 15: EV Charging in Multifamily Housing Complexes - a free presentation for building owners and condo associations that are considering installing EV charging facilities at the Pitkin County Library (5:30-7 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 24: Heat Beneath Our Feet - a professional workshop (3-5 p.m.) followed by a community open house (5-7 p.m.) at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

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