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Solar Panel Efficiency

Solar cells have historically had an efficiency problem, with less than 30% of the energy in sunlight being converted into electricity. A group of chemists at UT-Austin and UC-Boulder are hoping to gain some of that energy loss back, using organic dyes on the surface...

Ute Mountain Tribe Installing Solar

  The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of southwestern Colorado is in the process of building a one-megawatt solar array, offsetting at least 10% of their reservation’s energy usage. Tribal lands are thought to be excellent spots for wind and solar projects, as they are...

Renewable Energy in Big Business

  The business sector has found creative ways to participate in renewable energy and conservation movements. Fifth Third Bank recently became the first Fortune 500 company to “achieve 100% renewable energy from a single solar project,” according to the Cincinnati...

The Future of Wind Energy

We tend to think of wind power as a modern phenomenon, but societies have been using it for energy for thousands of years. Using the wind to pilot ships has been around for ages, as have windmills for food production. In the U.S. in the 19th century, windmills were...

Colorado and Zero Emission Vehicles

The State of Colorado recently made a deal with major automakers regarding zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) requirements in the state. Colorado will adopt California’s plan starting in model year 2023. The state-federal battle over efficiency and emission standards...

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Affordable housing is an enormous challenge in Colorado, in both urban and rural areas. This new tool from the National Low Income Housing Coalition provides insight into just how big the problem is. The tool has breakdowns by both state and county of fair market rent...

Rural Energy for America Program

The Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, is a program announced mid-August from the USDA. It allocates $9.3 million nationwide for farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses to add energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. These steps will allow for rural...

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

According to the Sterling Journal-Advocate, Logan County commissioners are considering a state-level initiative to help businesses make energy efficiency and renewable improvements. Called the Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or C-PACE, the...

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Colorado Energy Office, helps low-income families with energy-efficiency upgrades. Energy Resource Center is the organization carrying out work for these agencies in 27...

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