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Regional Solar Energy Planning: Collaboration, Innovation, Acceleration

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Glenwood Springs Community Center

100 Wulfsohn Road

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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This all-day workshop will bring together stakeholders from across Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties to create the framework for a regional solar energy roadmap, in a collaborative effort to meet commonly held targets. Participants will affirm a shared vision, assess needs, set priorities, and establish a timeline to realize specific action steps. The outcomes of this session will determine the need and subject matter for follow-up events.

The workshop is presented by Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and Garfield Clean Energy, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with support from Xcel Energy, Holy Cross Energy, COSEIA, City of Glenwood Springs, Eagle County, Climate Action Collaborative and Walking Mountains Sustainability. NREL staff will lead the session and will provide information about technical resources and share lessons learned and solutions generated across its Solar Energy Innovation Network, with a focus on applying them to the Western Colorado context and integrating data and analysis into the energy planning process. Representatives of regional electric utilities will also be on hand to provide their perspective on collaboration to meet energy targets.

Registered participants will be asked to review some background information prior to the event and will receive access to relevant NREL resources.

Suggested participants include staff members and elected officials of local governments and utilities, solar industry representatives and other stakeholders engaged in solar development considerations.

The registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.

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2019 offers a window of opportunity to dramatically bend the curve on solar energy in our three-county region. The cost of installing solar has fallen to the point where it’s as cheap as conventional energy; our electric utilities and the new governor have set ambitious goals; and, following a well-attended roundtable meeting in December, we now have a Regional Clean Energy Corridor Network in place to act on these opportunities in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

This workshop represents the first action step of the Regional Clean Energy Corridor Network which was formed to develop regional approaches to accelerating the clean-energy transition, including solar energy, efficient buildings and clean transportation.

CLEER has obtained support for this effort through the Peer Network of NREL’s Solar Energy Innovation Network, which aims to enhance the replicability of innovative solutions through tailored analytical support and peer exchange. This is a tremendous and timely opportunity to tap into NREL’s expertise, resources and national network, and to collaborate on accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy across our region.

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