Pitkin County Solar
We have an opportunity to bring solar to Pitkin County. The project will give us a consistent, cost-effective and clean source of power for years to come. But, it will take our members who want a local renewable energy project to come together to encourage approval of this project by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
Pitkin County Solar Project
Our members in Pitkin County wanted more access to locally generated renewable energy. To help make this possible, we partnered with Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District (ACSD) and Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a Broomfield, CO-based solar developer, to explore our options. We believe the new five-megawatt solar project situated between the towns of Aspen and Woody Creek is our best opportunity to bring local renewable energy to our members.
The BOCC will be asked to vote on the solar project. If they vote no it is unlikely we would be able to bring local solar to Pitkin County in the future. We need the support of our members living in Pitkin County to encourage approval of this project. If you want local solar, we encourage you to take action today.
Here’s how you can help.
Sign Open Letter
The BOCC will be asked to vote on the solar project. If they vote no it is unlikely we would be able to bring local solar to Pitkin County in the future. We need the support of our members living in Pitkin County to encourage approval of this project.
In response, we have drafted an open letter urging the BOCC to approve the project and support what we and many others feel is the right path towards a clean energy future, today.
If you, or your organization would like to support this call by adding your name to the letter, please complete the form below.
I am writing to convey my strong support of the Pitkin County Solar Project, and to encourage approval of this project by the Commissioners.
As a Pitkin County resident and member of Holy Cross Energy, this project is a priority for me and others. It is clear that the economic and social benefits of this project far outweigh its impacts.
Not only will the project help us further reduce our environmental impact, but will also provide a consistent, cost-effective source of power supply for years to come. Bringing solar power to Pitkin County is a symbol for our community, one that demonstrates our desire to increase access to locally generated renewable energy and that we take clean energy seriously.
In addition, the Pitkin County Solar Project could not be more ideally located. The site owned by ACSD, is within one half mile of a Holy Cross Energy distribution line and close to some of the utility’s largest energy consumers. Because the parcel was previously a biosolids disposal site under the flight path to the Aspen-Pitkin County airport, the project also puts disturbed land to an environmentally beneficial use. The site imposes minimal wildlife impacts and meets the environmental criteria for solar facilities.
I am in full support of this project and urge the Commissioners to approve the Pitkin County Solar Project.
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We encourage all members to let your voice be heard by providing public comment in support of the project. In consideration of other citizens, please limit your comments to 3-5 minutes.
Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission hearing –
BOCC Meeting room
Tuesday, August 6, 5:00 p.m.
530 E Main st, aspen, CO 81611
Board of County Commissioners hearing – August 28, 12:00 p.m.