Unique Collaboration Provides Turnkey Solar Resource Assessment Solution to U.S. Market

Golden, Colorado, 09/09/2019 – A new and complete solar resource assessment (SRA) solution has been introduced to the US market via a collaboration between ArcVera Renewables, NRG Systems (NRG), and Harness Energy. This end-to-end offering will provide solar project developers with the design, manufacture, shipping, installation, and operation of their solar measurement systems, including the delivery of independent campaign monitoring and finance-grade resource assessment reports… Read more…

Green Homes Tour shows how far builders could go in producing energy

By Mark Samuelson

New homes in Colorado are way more energy-efficient than they used to be — but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the energy performance you’ll see on the Oct. 7 annual Denver Metro Green Homes Tour, featuring projects by homeowners and smaller builders — some of them making so much energy that they literally don’t know what to do with it…  Read more…

Mid-Week Buzz

ukuleleThe Library is having a ukulele jam session from 6-7:30 tonight. From 6:15-7:15, Bent Gate will offer a presentation about mountain climbing by author Garry Harrrington. The Sustainability Board will meet at 6:30 in City Council chambers. They will discuss creating a program that provides energy efficiency advice for businesses and residences.

Tomorrow night
4PM – As part of the School of Mines Homecoming celebration, they will hold the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Coorstek Center. Long pants and close toes shoes are required, as this is still a construction zone.

6PM – RTD Public Meeting at the Community Center. Please come to ask the board and staff to NOT reduce the level of light rail service to Golden.

7PM – City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2018. If there’s something you think the City should be funding, or something you think they should not be funding, this is the time to mention it. Council will also consider establishing a citizen task force to investigate community priorities with regard to future spending plans.

Buglet Solar  - Golden ColoradoXcel is asking Council to support a plan that would retire some coal-fired power plants but would also affect residents’ ability to install rooftop solar and invest in community solar projects. See the meeting packet to learn more about any of these issues.

7PM – the Colorado Renewable Energy Society will present Dr. David Renné speaking about The Transition to 100% Renewable Energy: Solar’s Role Worldwide. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Ave. (map).

7:30PM – Miners Alley Playhouse will host the second annual Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. This is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages. This event was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. Come see some of the Denver area’s favorite actors perform selections from amazing shows, such as Cabaret, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Rent, Angels in America, Anything Goes, and Assassins. The performance is FREE, although donations to the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are appreciated. Reserve your free tickets here.

Join us for a “Let’s Talk Solar” open house this Wed.

Join Golden’s Community Sustainability Advisory Board members for a “Let’s Talk Solar” open house and volunteer recruitment meeting this Wed. July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Community Center…  Read more…

National Renewable Energy Laboratory optimistic in face of Trump’s budget cuts

By Peter Marcus

GOLDEN — The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has 40 years of history behind it, but walking through its sprawling Front Range campus one can’t help but think 40 years into the future…  Read more…

Shopping around for solar installers could reap biggest rewards

By Aldo Svaldi

When it comes to getting the best deal on a residential rooftop solar array, the size of the installer matters  — but bigger isn’t necessarily better, according to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden…  Read more…

NREL study says rooftop solar could meet almost 40% of the nation’s energy needs

By Megan Treacy

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has conducted a new study to find exactly how much solar power potential the nation’s rooftops contain and they found that it’s far greater than once thought. The study set out to find how much electricity could be generated if every suitable roof area was covered with solar photovoltaic panels…  Read more…

Solar energy round table at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Let’s get back on track with solar energy in Colorado. Come voice your own vision for a clean energy future in our state. We will discuss what’s happening with solar energy in Colorado and our vision for the future of solar power in our state…  Read more….

NREL cutting 4% of workforce, lays off solar researchers

By Alicia Wallace

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden this week laid off 15 solar energy researchers and notified its workforce of plans to reduce its staff by another 50 to 60 people via buyouts, officials confirmed Wednesday…  Read more….

$1.9M DOE award will allow Mines researchers to help develop efficient, affordable solar power plant technology

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 1, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Rob Braun and collaborators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (lead institution), FlowServe, Sandia National Labs, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have been awarded $1.9 million from the Energy Department’s SunShot Program to help accelerate the development of highly efficient and cost effective power plant technologies that allow solar thermal energy to be converted into electrical energy…  Read more….