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Why Garfield Clean Energy?

Economic growth through energy efficiency, local power and clean transportation

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 local economy
  • Create and expand new business opportunities and jobs
  • Lower energy costs for families, businesses and governments, freeing up funds for other priorities
  • Create competitive advantages

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

CUMULATIVE RESULTS 2010-21 (except where noted):


1,460   Household projects
$729,000   Annual energy savings
$9.7 million   Investment stimulated


398   Businesses, churches, nonprofit projects
$1.37 million   Annual energy savings
$7.24 million   Investment stimulated


43   Government facility energy efficiency upgrades
$2.96 million   Investment stimulated
90 buildings   Using Navigator data to cut costs
$173,000   Annual energy savings

37   Government buildings, facilities, schools and libraries powered by solar energy, totaling 2.2 megawatts
 Community solar gardens, totaling 13.4 megawatts
TOTAL of all government and solar gardens produces enough to power 3,350 homes

31   Public EV charging stations (96 plugs)
 Compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations
 RFTA fleet electric buses
34   RFTA fleet CNG buses
319   Electric vehicles (EVs) and 153 plug-in hybrids registered countywide
120,000   Bicycle miles ridden

392   Participating contractors and distributors
$7.71 million   Cumulative energy savings
$50.7 million stimulated including all solar, CNG stations and efficiency upgrades

54,655 metric tons of carbon avoided annually from energy efficiency projects alone – equivalent to annual emissions from 6,585 homes or 11,880 vehicles

Figures updated April 2022