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Solar energy tour coming to Rifle

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. ” Anyone who wants to find out more about solar energy might want to attend a solar energy exhibit being featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at Rifle City Hall.

The exhibit is part of a solar energy tour of the western U.S. being put on by SunEdison out of Maryland ” one of the largest solar energy companies in the country ” which is constructing two solar energy sites in Rifle that will be the largest in the state, if not the country, according to Charlie Stevens, utility director for the city of Rifle.

The solar tour is part of an effort to educate municipal leaders, community members, schools and utility companies on how to turn a public demand for renewable energy into reality with clean, predictably priced solar electrical power. The tour will include practical information on how to plan, implement and verify the value of municipal and utility solar programs.

“The exhibit will be set up at the City Hall parking lot or on Second Street,” Stevens said. “People can go and see about solar energy and what it’s all about.”

The tour, which started Aug. 1 in Golden, Colo., will visit 50 cities in the western United States, ending on Nov. 14, in Sacramento, Calif.

“CNBC may be filming at the site,” said Kimberly Hathaway, with public relations at the Gallagher Group Communications, which is promoting the tour.

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Rifle is currently in the midst of implementing two solar projects on the east and west ends of the city under a 20-year contract with SunEdison.

“The exhibit will include displays of solar energy and the potential for broader installation,” Stevens said.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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