The Solarize Delta County team will host a solar cocktail hour at CB's Tavern in Delta on Wednesday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. This social event is a great way to meet the installers from Empowered Energy Systems and volunteer program coordinators of Solar Energy International as well as Delta County Economic Development to learn how you can "go solar" and make your own clean and local energy. Short presentations about the program will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to discuss the process and the tiered rebate structure that increases savings as more neighbors sign contracts to install PV systems.
Whether the motivation is energy independence, reducing carbon footprint, or plain economic sense, more residents and businesses in Delta County are flipping the switch to produce their own affordable solar energy, thanks to Solarize Delta County. A brand new 25 kW commercial system now sits atop the roof of ProSpace Interiors in Delta. The system is sized to produce more than 100 percent of the business' yearly power consumption. The federal tax credit of 30 percent, combined with annual deductions for commercial clients (MACRS), made the investment a "no-brainer," said ProSpace Interiors, and Delta County Economic Development Inc., vice president, Tom Huerkamp. The added incentive of Solarize tiered rebates only sweetened the deal. "It just makes economic sense to do this," Huerkamp continued, "and then there is the community reason to do it."
Solarize Delta County is an effort led by Solar Energy International (SEI) to increase the accessibility and affordability of solar energy for all Delta County residents. With the support of the Delta County Economic Development (DCED), Solarize Delta County seeks to raise local awareness of solar, lower the cost of solar electric (PV) systems, and significantly ramp up adoption of PV throughout Delta County.
Additional information can be found at www.solarenergy.org/solarize-delta-county/ or by calling SEI program coordinators at 527-7657 ext. 213.
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.