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Workshop to talk maximizing solar energy in Pitkin, other counties

Staff report
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

A free workshop, “Working Together to Maximize Local Solar to Power Our Region,” will be held Friday in Rifle.

The workshop will focus on maximizing solar energy in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties, with business, government and solar energy leaders attending. Everyone is welcome.

Representatives from electric utilities, the solar industry and other organizations working to scale up solar energy in Colorado and diversify the economy will discuss ways to maximize solar energy.

Topics include development of a regional “clean energy corridor” to maximize solar energy from Parachute to Vail to Aspen. This effort would help diversify the economy, expand opportunities for jobs, and build on regional economies of scale and momentum.

A joint regional application to participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Energy Innovation Network will be discussed as one action step to make the “clean energy corridor” vision a reality.

Increasing solar energy will also support the clean energy and carbon emissions targets that counties and communities have adopted.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the solar-powered Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. The library is one of 13 public buildings and facilities in Rifle powered by solar arrays, which generate a total of 3 megawatts of solar energy.

The workshop is free, and lunch is provided for those who register by noon Thursday. Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER and CORE are the sponsors.

Speakers include Kevin Cray, solar trade relations manager for Xcel Energy; Bryan Hannegan, CEO of Holy Cross Energy and a former research and development leader with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute; Kevin Brehm, rural electric co-op and municipal utility lead for the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Initiative; and John Bringenberg, board member of the Colorado Solar Industries Association.

Visit solar-2017.eventbrite.com to register.


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