Posts Tagged ‘energy efficient’

Solar Power Rankings

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Desert Array

According to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the United States solar power market passed the 20 gigawatts of capacity milestone during the second quarter of this year.

New installations of solar power during the second quarter nationwide totaled nearly 1,400 megawatts.

Overall, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar power panels during the first half of 2015, and is on track for a record-breaking 7.7 gigawatts of new capacity this year.

Colorado’s rankings for solar power are 9, 13, and 11:

  • 9th nationwide in terms of overall solar power capacity
  • 13th nationwide in terms of the amount of solar power capacity added in 2014, during which Colorado added 67 megawatts of solar power systems
  • 11th nationwide in terms of the amount of solar power added during the second quarter of 2015

Colorado’s Wind Power Rankings

Monday, October 19th, 2015


According to new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, Colorado ranks 7th nationally for wind-power generation capacity installed in 2014, and 10th for total wind power installed through last year.

Colorado had 261 megawatts of wind-driven energy production capacity installed last year, roughly the equivalent of the power needed to serve 69,600 typical homes.

As for the percentage of each state’s power generated by wind, Colorado ranks 8th, at 13.6 percent.

Also, a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association said that Colorado employs more than 6,000 workers in wind-power manufacturing, which is the third highest amount nationally.

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Denver Signs Deal for New Solar Power Projects

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Solar panel installation

Did you know that Denver was the first in the nation to be designated as a “Solar Friendly Community”?

In the most recent solar news, Denver has signed a deal with SunShare LLC, a developer of community solar power projects, which will supply 400 kilowatts of solar power to 16 city facilities.

This will cover about 2 percent of the city and county government’s energy needs and is expected to save about $6 million in electricity bills over the 20-year agreement.

The solar power Denver is getting as part of the deal accounts for about 40 percent of the power produced from SunShare’s Denver County Solar Garden. Forty percent is the maximum amount that any one customer can get from a community solar power array.

sunshareCommunity solar power projects are larger arrays, typically up to 1 megawatt, that produce renewable energy for customers who can’t, or don’t want to put solar power panels on their own roofs. Only about 25 percent of all the homes in the United States are appropriate for solar power.

XCEL’s Solar Rewards Program

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

XCEL’s Solar Rewards program has increased to 33.6 megawatts available for rebates for small-size solar power systems at least for the remainder of 2013 until the commissioners approve XCEL’s 2014 plan.

In Colorado, the rebate money comes from a 2 percent surcharge added to the monthly bills of XCEL customers to help pay for renewable energy projects.

On top of the increase of megawatts available for the Solar Rewards program, XCEL’s pollution levels have dropped because of three major initiatives:

1. Colorado’s existing renewable energy standards, which mandate XCEL obtain 30 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020.

2. Implementation of the state’s controversial 2010 Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which will shut down about 900 megawatts worth of coal-based power plants by 2017.

3. XCEL’s energy efficiency and energy conservation programs.

The head of XCEL’s environmental policy hopes Colorado will get credit under the Obama Administration’s newly announced effort to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants for this work that is already under way.

Hickenlooper’s Recent Controversy

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Colorado ranks eighth in the nation for the amount of solar power systems installed, and fifth in the amount of energy being produced by those solar power systems.

We expect about 4,400 megawatts of solar power to be installed in Colorado in 2013, with the anticipation of growing to 9,200 megawatts by 2016.

Part of the above increase will stem from controversial bill recently signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor had received lots of pressure to veto the bill, but he stated, “[v]etoing this bill and waiting until the 2014 legislative session for a more perfect version would set Colorado back one year in our pursuit of a more diverse energy portfolio. We cannot afford to lose this valuable time, especially with the expiration of the Federal Production Tax Credit on wind generation at the end of this year…We know that utilities across the country have actually saved money by incorporating more renewable energy generation. Wind, for example, can cost as little as 2.75 cents per kilowatt hour, which is lower than the average cost of new natural gas generation.”

Building Permits On The Rise

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Building PermitsThe new construction housing market appears primed for growth this season.

According to the Census Bureau, the number of single-family building permits issued in February rose to 472,000 on a seasonally-adjusted, annual basis, marking this the highest building permit tally since April 2010 — the last month of that year’s federal home buyer tax credit program.

Building permits are a pre-cursor to new home construction.   In 2011, from the date of permit-issuance to the date of “ground-breaking”, an average of 27 calendar days passed. February’s data, therefore, is a signal that the market for newly-built homes should be strong this year, an idea supported by the most recent homebuilder confidence survey.

As buyer foot traffic soars, homebuilders expect to make more sales in the next 6 months than at any time since the housing market’s collapse. Builder confidence is at a 5-year high.

Green Remodeling Tips

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

According to the Sierra Club, as the average U.S. home size increases, demanding more energy and materials, living smaller is a surefire way to reduce your ecological footprint.  It’s also an opportunity to enjoy thoughtful design and a simpler lifestyle.   To see more tips for making the transition


Lower Your Fall/Winter Energy Bill With Ceiling Fans

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Ceiling fans for all 4 seasonsNovember is here and many parts of the country are already feeling the chill. This weekend, a nor’easter dropped up to 20 inches of snow in cities along the eastern seaboard  — a reminder that winter is coming.

No matter where you live, though, the seasonal change in temperature throughout Colorado serves as an excellent reminder to reset the blades on your home’s ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans don’t warm or cool air, specifically. Instead, they circulate air that can have the effect of making a room feel warmer in the winter months, and cooler in the summer months.

When it’s cold outside, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling, balancing the heat within a room. This can make a room feel 4-6 degrees warmer. Then, during warmer months, ceiling fans push a room’s cold air back into circulation, which creates a windchill effect, of sorts.  This can change a room’s temperature 4-6 degrees.

More Insulation?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The science of home insulation is ever evolving. Homes built in 2004 may already be out-of-date and Energy Star construction ups the ante even more. So how do you know if your home needs more insulation?

A simple method to check insulation for newer homes is to check with the builder. Many keep records and can provide documentation. Older homes can benefit from manual inspection. The most effective determination for insulation needs is through a home energy audit. The auditor checks insulation as part of the whole house assessment and determines where air sealing needs to be done. Even new homes can benefit from this level of complete inspection. If your home needs more insulation, be sure to check the R-value, which is a measure of thermal resistance and will inform you of how much heat loss is actually occurring.

Does it pay to remodel green?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Green renovations and additions to your home may cost more upfront than taking the route of using traditional materials and methods, but does it pay for itself when your resell your home?

Lower Maintenance Costs

Green home renovations that target the tightening of your home’s envelope, upgrading old and inefficient building systems, as well as the installation of renewable energy systems will not only save you money while you live in your home, but they can help to increase your home’s resale value. We have also seen certain “green features” decrease the amount of time a home is on the market.

In the same way that you were inspired to make these upgrades, some home buyers may be willing to invest more upfront with the promise of saving on operating expenses in the long run.  Right now, it is a buyers’ market and most buyers are looking for a bargain rather than paying more for a home.  It is important to market the savings a buyer should expect during the time they own the home.