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.
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
Walking Mountains' Programs & Rebates Announced for 2024
The Energy Smart Colorado program aims to revolutionize the local energy efficiency market and promote energy improvements in homes and businesses by providing access to information, capital, and a skilled workforce. Energy Smart Colorado serves our community through Walking Mountains to provide rebates and energy coaching. To continue fostering energy... Read more
Environmental conversations are often at the forefront of politics, social media, news, and debate in our community. Many of those conversations can be defined by a palpable sense of doom. This is especially true for younger generations, for which climate change has always been a fact of life and can... Read more
Staying Cool and Sustainable this Summer
The wait is over, after what felt like years of rainy day after rainy day, summer is finally here in full force. The blue skies and warm sun are beautiful for rafting, swimming, biking, and hiking but with it are sweaty days and nights. With rising temperatures due to climate... Read more