Case Studies

Businesses Benefitting from RooflessSolar

All businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, and many businesses are looking for ways to cut energy use. But the options available to address both of these at the same time are limited, especially for small or emerging businesses. With the cost of solar energy plummeting, and over one million solar systems installed, solar is proving to be ... Read More »

Pueblo County School District 70

Pueblo County School District 70 (D70), a public school district comprised of 21 schools serving 9,560 students in south central Colorado, recently made the decision to offset 100% of its electricity needs from Black Hills Energy with clean, solar energy. “It’s exciting to be the first school district in the state to employ this strategy, and I’m hopeful we are ... Read More »

Utility Partner: Fort Collins Utilities

Nationally recognized for its sustainability leadership, Fort Collins Utilities serves a city of roughly 158,600 residents with more than 70,000 electric meters. As solar energy gains traction across the nation, more municipal utilities are recognizing the benefits of offering their customers the option to go solar. “We’re now in an era that is more supportive of solar, where marketplace factors are aligning to ... Read More »

Alpine Bank

Founded in 1973 in Carbondale, Colo., Alpine Bank is an employee-owned community bank with 37 locations statewide. After surveying owners and discovering that environmental preservation was an important value, the bank founded a “Green Team” and established sustainability initiatives. In 2008, the locally operated bank committed to purchasing 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources. “If we’re going to ... Read More »

South Suburban Park and Recreation District

Not only do community parks provide green space for recreation and leisure, they also increase property values, attract business, and offer gathering places for all social groups—enhancing the quality of life for local residents. The South Suburban Park and Recreation District is a special district in Colorado that provides recreational facilities and services for nearly 140,000 residents throughout south metro Denver. “We’ve always ... Read More »

Wynkoop Dental

The first certified green dental office in Denver, Wynkoop Dental is dedicated to eco-friendly business practices. “It’s something that’s been always important to me,” said Dr. Chelsea Stangl, founder of Wynkoop Dental. As she was finishing dental school on the East Coast, Dr. Stangl was shocked by the amount of waste created in the dental industry. “You’re literally filling a ... Read More »

Utility Partner: Vernon Electric Cooperative

Founded in 1936, Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) provides electricity and other services to about 10,000 utility members throughout southwestern Wisconsin. Its wholesale electricity provider, Dairyland Power Cooperative, is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative that serves 25 electric co-ops and 17 municipal utilities. In 2014, both organizations partnered with community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and each installed a large-scale solar project—one ... Read More »

Utility Partner: Holy Cross Energy

An electric cooperative on Colorado’s Western Slope was the first utility in the U.S. to give community solar a chance in 2010. Four years and 2.6 megawatts (MW) later, it was a decision that helped revolutionize the way individuals and businesses go solar nationwide. A member-owned cooperative, Holy Cross Energy (HCE) provides electricity to more than 55,000 ratepayers throughout Eagle, Pitkin and ... Read More »

Antlers Condominiums at Vail

Nestled against the bank of the Gore Creek, Antlers at Vail offers condominium suites just 150 yards from the Lionshead Gondola at Vail Ski Resort. Because the 90 condos can be rented out, Antlers acts like a hotel, but is managed by the Antlers Condominium Association – a nonprofit. “It’s an interesting hybrid,” said General Manager Rob LeVine. “We exist for the homeowners ... Read More »

Chris Myers and enLIGHTen

Chris Myers of Telluride, Colo. is in the business of light. He wanted to use the sun’s rays to power his lighting design boutique, enLIGHTen, but was unable to install solar panels on his business property — nor could he install a solar array on his condo. “I’m a do-it-yourselfer and would like to have put a system on my ... Read More »