Solar Energy and Storage
Powering our community with 100% renewable energy is a critical goal in the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community. To help further this work, Walking Mountains Science Center is a proud partner in the Western Colorado Clean Energy Network. The Western Colorado Clean Energy Network is a collaboration of nonprofit and civic organizations, local governments and other partners working together at regional scale to achieve more rapid progress on shared clean energy goals while maximizing economic opportunity.
Learn more about Walking Mountains support of local renewable energy programs below.
Solarize Eagle County
What is Solarize Eagle County?
If you’ve been looking to install solar at your home or business, Solarize Eagle County can provide:
- A time-limited, community program that will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to have solar installed, decrease your carbon footprint, build resilience, and save money;
- An understanding of the solar process, and your eligibility for rebates from the Energy Smart Colorado program and Holy Cross Energy; and
- Predetermined tiered pricing & flat discounts to all participants so you can understand what potential costs may look like even before you get a solar site assessment.
Brighten up your 2022 and go solar! Register here.
Three County Solar + Storage Study & Action Plan
Completed in October 2021, this study estimates the market potential for solar and storage projects in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, and presents an action plan for maximizing solar development while securing economic and other benefits for the region.
Regional Solar Map
The purpose of this GIS-based mapping tool is to assess the feasibility of land sites for solar, facilitate connections between landowners and solar developers, attract economic investment to the region, and help support utility company and state renewable energy targets.
Resources for Local Governments
Solar development offers both opportunities and challenges to local governments. Here is a curated list of resources for jurisdictions seeking to manage it for maximum community benefit.
Resources for Landowners
As solar energy continues to grow, so does the opportunity for private landowners to earn income by leasing their land for community-scale solar (CSS) development.
Meet some of the program team members
Latest Energy Programs Blog Posts
- Avon, Colorado Energy Rebates & Incentives for Residents & BusinessesTown of Avon partners with the Energy Smart Colorado program at Walking Mountains Science Center to provide $50 home energy assessments, free energy coaching, and increased rebate offerings for Town of Avon residents and businesses... Read more
- Press Release: Walking Mountains to Launch Eagle County’s Solarize Program to support growth of a local solar marketFor Immediate Release: 03-21-2022... Read more
- New Report Illuminates Tri-County Solar and Storage PotentialSometimes it baffles me that solar energy wasn’t harnessed for power in an effective way decades ago. I’m stating the obvious here, but the sun is the start of the energy cycle most life forms depend on. Oh, and it is limitless – or renewable, as the kids say –... Read more