Eagle County’s Walking Mountains Science Center turned Solar Forward’s newest group accomplice, backed by robust stakeholder involvement and holistic targets
EAGLE COUNTY, CO- Solar Energy International (SEI)’s outreach program, Solar Forward anticipates a profitable Eagle County program in 2022 after studying in regards to the group’s targets and broad stakeholder help. Eagle County, like many mountain cities, is in search of considerate options to mitigating their carbon footprint and is now making a holistic solar marketing campaign, like Solar Forward, part of that dialog. Solar Forward will assist Eagle County promote a solar group buy-in program known as Solarize Eagle County, creating a bunch low cost for program members.
High nation communities sometimes have economies closely tied to out of doors recreation industries and tourism. Beyond that, mountain communities are hometowns, typically with robust environmental ethics and a collaborative method to mitigating local weather change. Eagle County is one such group. The Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community, led by Walking Mountains Science Center, developed a Climate Action Plan in 2016, with an replace in 2020, to information them towards a 50% discount in carbon emissions by 2030, and an 80% discount by 2050.
“We know that combating climate change will be a monumental effort. It will take action from all of us to meet our collective goals. That is why we’ve chosen to partner with Solar Forward for Solarize Eagle County. Together, we can inspire our community to make meaningful adjustments that will help meet local climate action goals,” mentioned Melissa Kirr, Sr. Director of Sustainability at Walking Mountains.
Walking Mountains partnered with Solar Forward to carry extra solar entry to Eagle County. Walking Mountains brings environmental and sustainability programming to the Eagle Valley, making them a pure accomplice for implementing a solar marketing campaign that promotes energy schooling, battery storage choices, and equitable participation for low-income residents and small companies. And in fact, the Solarize group buy-in low cost!
The Solarize mannequin promotes a bigger low cost primarily based on the mixed variety of installations throughout the group, making it a group endeavor to generate the biggest low cost accessible. Walking Mountains will have the ability to increase the affordability of solar for low to average revenue residents by providing a further $2,000 rebate for income-qualified group members. An further $4,000 rebate can also be accessible for solar storage however some stipulations do apply. Since Walking Mountains additionally manages native energy evaluation funding and effectivity data, they’re additionally well-suited to speak the financial advantages of effectivity earlier than solar.
“This is a county-wide effort, so we want to ensure that everyone in the community has an opportunity to participate. We are committed to reaching our collective goals to reduce emissions and will continue to ensure that everyone has access to resources that will contribute to lower bills and healthier homes. A home energy assessment is the first step for everyone in this community to determine if they are a good candidate for Solarize Eagle County while identifying additional measures to improve energy efficiency in their home,” added Kirr.
With the stakeholder involvement of Eagle County by way of the Climate Action Collaborative and Walking Mountains, the holistic targets of equitable solar entry, schooling, emissions reductions, and resilience by way of battery storage are attainable.
“There are so many ways to address climate goals with actions.” mentioned Ellen Ross, Solar Forward Program Manager, “I am eager to work with new communities, see how they are approaching solutions and how Solar Forward can help them create sustainability and resilience. As we transition to cleaner energy sources everywhere, I look forward to addressing solar access with Eagle County and helping them meet their collaborative goals.”
Solar Forward is accepting program purposes on a rolling foundation. For extra data, contact the Solar Forward Program Manager, Ellen Ross at [email protected] or name 970-527-7657 extension 116.
About Solar Energy International: SEI was based in 1991 as a nonprofit academic group with the aim of empowering college students, alumni, and companions to develop a various, inclusive, well-trained and educated solar electrical energy workforce. SEI’s goal is to advertise sustainable financial development, mitigate local weather change, and help energy independence.
About Walking Mountains Science Center 501(c)3: Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a way of surprise and encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability by way of pure science schooling. As a group chief in environmental stewardship and local weather motion, Walking Mountains spearheads many initiatives within the Eagle River Valley together with the Climate Action Collaborative and energy effectivity and help packages.
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