When Paonia potters Sam Brown and Tara Miller married in the mid-1980s, they imagined selling their handmade pottery and living a simple life. She was educated in literature, he had a background in zoology, natural resources and recreation, and they shared a desire to visit the world's great mountain regions.
Solar Energy International (SEI), an industry leader in solar energy technical training, kicked off its newest program, Solar Forward, through a partnership with the Coldharbour Institute in Gunnison County.
The Solar Forward program gives nonprofits or community groups in rural Colorado communities the opportunity to partner with SEI to implement initiatives aimed at kickstarting solar markets in a region.
A solar array project started by Paonia High School students in 2016 was recently installed on school grounds. Eight high school students enrolled in the Solar Energy International PV101 course worked with Empowered Energy Systems to install the 40-panel, 10.4-kW ground mount system and Schlettler rack.
Delta County has received the National SolSmart Bronze designation as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative. The designation program recognizes communities that represent positive solar practices.
The Delta County Board of Commissioners signed a statement in support of fostering a solar-friendly market in Delta County on Monday, July 3, as a part of a larger effort to pursue a SolSmart designation for the county.
The SolSmart designation program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot initiative and supports the goal of making it faster, cheaper and easier to go solar, according to the SolSmart official website.
Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar in the Schools program secured solid funding this month, when Delta-Montrose Electric Association committed $150,000 to the program. DMEA's board of directors voted unanimously at its regular May board meeting to funnel $150,000 from the co-op's Unclaimed Capital Credit fund to support the installation of solar electric systems at five high schools within DMEA's service territory.
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