Solar Energy International (SEI) along with Delta County Economic Development (DCED), and Empower Energy Systems are proud to announce the launch of the Solarize Delta County effort at an upcoming event in Delta. The Delta launch will take place Wednesday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., hosted by DCED at 145 W. 4th Street, Delta.
Join the solarize team, installers and partners for an information and mingling event to learn more about going solar the Solarize way! Short presentations will be held at 4:30 and 5:30 with questions and networking to follow. Solarize Delta County seeks to increase the accessibility and affordability of solar energy for all Delta County residents. The effort will also raise local awareness of solar, lower the cost of solar electric (PV) systems and significantly ramp up adoption of PV through the county. The Solarize effort will feature outreach and social events from April 15 - July 15 to educate and guide people interested in utilizing solar systems on a residence or business.
The Solarize Delta County program is an expanded effort of the very successful 2015 Solarize the North Fork Valley program that resulted in over $400,000 in local investment in solar with 22 residential systems installed totaling 120kW. Leveraging new partnerships, financing, and a team of Solar Ambassadors, Solarize Delta County will not only expand the benefits of "going solar" to more county residents, but also galvanize the community around a bigger vision of local energy independence and renewable energy as a means of economic revitalization.
"DCED is pleased to be partnering with SEI and Empowered Energy Systems on this initiative. We feel that this supports our local economy having a direct and immediate impact on our communities with job creation and keeping funds local. It just makes sense to bring Solarize to the entire county," said Trish Thibodo, director of Delta County Economic Development.
To receive more information about participating in Solarize, learn about upcoming educational events, or if you are passionate about local energy and wish to volunteer your skills and passion to empower your neighbors to go solar, please reach out to the Solarize team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-527-7567 ext. 213.
An educational Solar 101 event will be hosted in Delta May 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Delta Library.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.