Solar energy helps power almost all Colorado Springs public schools flashing speed zone signs...and the savings are big.
Simply in the initial installation costs, the money saved approaches $1 million dollars.
"You don't have the boring, you don't have the excavation [both tasked needed to hook-up to a... more »
A solar power array is now generating electricity at the Colorado Army National Guard's readiness center in Grand Junction.
The guard says it provides enough power to offset 450,000 pounds of carbon emissions.
The 172-kilowatt system was installed by Bella Energy. Bella is based in Louisville, Colorado. more »
An alternative energy bill was signed into law Tuesday with an aim of producing enough electricity at Colorado state parks to power them.
Governor Bill Ritter signed the legislation at Lake Pueblo State Park. House Bill 1349 creates a new program designed to offset the amount of electricity used... more »
Mark Ferguson got some happy news in the mail when his Colorado Springs Utilities bill came: a charge of $0 for his total electric use for the month. It wasn't a typo. Back in March, Ferguson installed solar panels and now uses the sun to power his home.
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Xcel Energy says it might have to reduce the amount of solar power it planned to buy because approval of a power line to transmit renewable energy has been delayed by a landowner opposed to it. The utility expressed the concerns in a request Tuesday to cancel a hearing on... more »
Schools and other nonprofits who want to start using renewable energy don't always have the money to buy solar panels or build wind turbines. That's where companies like Boulder, Colo.-based NexGen Energy Partners come in. The companies build and maintain onsite wind and solar systems for customers, sparing them construction... more »
A research consortium that pairs a New York college and an international architecture firm wants to turn office windows into solar power generators.
The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology has designed facades of grids of clear pyramids help focus the sun's rays to generate energy. It would essentially... more »
A poverty-stricken Indian tribe that holds the sun and nature's other gifts sacred sees a brighter future for itself in solar power.
The 3,000 members of the Jemez Pueblo are on the verge of building the nation's first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land, a project that could bring... more »
A western Colorado vineyard has installed solar panels that will eventually provide about 70 percent of its electricity. Grand River Vineyards in Palisade has 144 solar modules. Vineyard owner Naomi Smith says the vineyard took advantage of tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grand River Vineyards produces... more »
Xcel Energy has added more than 257 megawatts of solar power to its plan for meeting Colorado's renewable energy standard by 2020.
The utility filed its plan Tuesday for meeting the standard, which requires 20 percent of its energy to come from renewable resources by 2020. The solar power... more »