Go solar in Colorado with the Sierra Club
By Carol Carpenter
RMC Communications Team
you look up at the blue Colorado skies this summer and feel the warmth
of the almost ever-present sun on your face, do you ask yourself why you
haven’t joined the growing numbers of homeowners who have harnessed
this abundant and clean energy to cool and warm your own home?
can join 26 other Colorado families who have converted their homes to
solar power through Sierra Club’s partnership with Sungevity, one of the
country's leading rooftop solar providers. This innovative program
provides a vital opportunity for you to support clean energy, cut
pollution and save money.
Club, for the second year in a row, has made this solar option easy and
affordable for individuals and families around the country, including
large portions of Colorado. Sungevity provides a map to show where the program is available.
you buy or lease your new solar power panels, you will get a $ 750 cash
gift card back from Sungevity. And here’s another great advantage for
you as a Sierra Club member or supporter: Every solar system installed
sends $750 to Sierra Club's local efforts in Colorado. This means your
Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) will benefit in a big way from this
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Director Michael Brune, who has converted his own home to solar, said
all Sierra Club members and friends can do their part “to fight climate
change by powering your home with clean energy from the sun and save
money on your electric bills at the same time.”
who convert to solar this summer can lock in an affordable electricity
rate, protect themselves against rising electricity rates for the next
20 years, and free themselves from dirty energy with no upfront
investment. The initiative will also create a variety of clean-energy
jobs in Colorado that will help the overall economy.
your home with solar energy is the single best way to shrink one’s
carbon footprint, since installing solar panels in just one home is
roughly the equivalent as 1.5 fewer cars on the road.
“The incredible benefits of displacing dirty fossil fuels with more clean energy, is a win-win-win for everyone,” Brune said.
Solar in Colorado
Ruschhaupt, RMC director, is pleased to promote this program in
Colorado. “If a Sierra Club member or supporter wants to make a tangible
difference, every day in their lives, to make the world a better place,
installing solar panels for electricity use is one of the best ways,”
he said, noting that Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard is only
approaching 30 percent renewable energy within the next few years.
was selected for the program, Ruschhaupt explained, because it has a
population that wants solar energy instead of dirty fossil fuels.
“Demand for renewables is extremely high in Colorado,” he said. “Xcel
Energy's Windsource program is in extremely high demand, so much so that
they can't keep up with their customer's desire for renewable energy
power, and there are even caps put in place to limit available supply.”
likes to consider the positive impact of large numbers of Colorado
homeowners switching to 100 percent renewable this summer ─ actions that
would not only help improve the environment but also reduce individual
electricity bills. “That's the world Sierra Club is working to create:
to provide solutions to answer the fossil fuel debacle,” he said.
Many advantages to solar
Ruschhaupt sees many advantages in the solar initiative.
hard-pressed to see any downsides,” he said. “Let's see: fewer
pollution-related deaths and health impacts from coal and natural gas;
less damage to Colorado's ecosystems from fossil fuel extraction used in
Colorado power plants; less carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from power
plant smokestacks; a real solution to climate change and all of its
symptoms that we're currently experiencing (winter snowpack instability,
early runoff seasons, droughts, and bark beetle overpopulation, for
example); and more jobs in the clean-energy economy.”
raised by this campaign will support everything RMC does to explore,
enjoy, and protect Colorado, Ruschhaupt said. “It will, for example,
help us build an oil and gas campaign that is fighting an industry that
has run amok throughout Colorado.”
Funds raised will also support RMC’s:
work on legislative issues,
fight against Front Range water grabs of West Slope water sources, such as the Flaming Gorge Pipeline,
fight to save Colorado's last roadless wild lands, and
efforts to create new wilderness and national monument areas.
Club is excited to be in a partnership with Sungevity,” Ruschhaupt
said. “They have a great track record of excellent customer service and
great solar installations. As a benefit corporation, or B-Corp, they
aren't only in the business of making money like standard corporations;
they're in the business of helping us in part of our mission to protect
For frequently asked questions and answers: http://www.sungevity.com/faq. If you are interested in the solar campaign for your home, here’s how it works:
Enter your address and energy use on our website to get a free solar evaluation for your home.
free Sungevity email quote will detail your solar options, show you
what your home would look like, and reveal how much you would save.
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