Future Funding and Sustainability Projects
Energy and Conservation Fund (EC Fund)
The Energy and Conservation Fund supports the use of alternative energy sources and society-wide conservation measures (see phase 1). The seed money for this fund will come from renewable energy credit (REC) payments that GSA will receive from Xcel Energy for installing a 65.5KWH rooftop solar system (phase 1). These payments are projected to be $10,000 per year starting December 2010 and continuing through December 2029.
Phase 1 Solar Installation (completed October 2010)
Bella Energy, a Louisville, Colorado company, has completed the design, procurement, installation, and commissioning of a 65.5 kilowatt (kW) solar electric (aka Photovoltaic or PV) system on the roof of GSA's building at 3300 Penrose Place, Boulder, Colorado. System production is estimated at 90,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The cost of the 65.5 kW system is being partially offset by a $132,000 rebate from Xcel Energy and a $30,000 grant that GSA received from the City of Boulder Climate Smart program.
Phase 2 Solar Installation (TBD)
GSA has the capacity to add an additional 35 kW system to our Boulder campus. Phase 2 would be a ground-based solar awning with the capability of producing 50,000 kWh per year. The awning would also add a more useable outdoor space for GSA members and employees to enjoy.
For more than a decade. Xcel Energy has played a pivotal role in the commercialization and advancement of wind energy. Launched in 1998, the Windsource program has grown to be the largest voluntary green energy program in the United States in terms of customer participation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Through the program, customers can specify that part or all of their electricity be generated by the wind. The Geological Society of America's goal is to use 100% renewable energy (wind & solar) by December 2011.
The Building Fund is to be used exclusively for major building repairs and significant landscaping projects on any property owned by the Geological Society of America. Examples of appropriate expenditures would be structural improvements to the building, replacement of mechanical units (HVAC), parking lot and street improvements and repairs, major landscaping projects, and extensive interior upgrades and repairs as needed. Expenditures should focus on long-term energy and conservation improvements.
The initial contribution for the solar project came from granting the City of Boulder a wetlands preservation easement on the north side of the property.
A number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations have partnered with GSA on various phases of the project
Bella Energy - Building on our nearly three decades of experience, Bella delivers award-winning solar solutions to governments, corporations and homeowners. We are Colorado's senior solar contractor. operating from our headquarters on the Front Range in Boulder County and with five regional locations. Throughout the West, Bella Energy has been serving its customers with cost effective solar energy solutions.
City of Boulder ClimateSmart Solar Grant Fund - In November 2006, Boulder's City Council initiated the City solar rebate program. This created a renewable energy fund. of which 35 percent is used for sales tax rebates on solar systems installed in the City; and 65 percent is dedicated to grants for installation of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems on: Nonprofit organizations' buildings in Boulder. Housing developed by nonprofit organizations for low to moderate income residents, and homes in the city's affordable housing program.
Boulder Beer Company, Colorado's First Microbrewery, has been handcrafting award-winning ales in Boulder, Colorado, since 1979. As they've grown to now reach 33 states, they've taken many positive steps toward operating their brewery and pub in the most environmentally sustainable manner possible. As a sponsor and inaugural member of the City's 10 for Change Program, Boulder Beer surpassed their 10% reduction goal, reducing their annual energy use by 131 tons of carbon dioxide in 2009.
Emildesigns Inc. is an award winning architectural planning firm specializing in small/medium projects of both commercial and residential scope, throughout Colorado since 1997. See more at www.emildesigns.com
The Geological Society of America Foundation exists to promote the science of geology and to provide funds for programs of the Geological Society of America that are consistent with the Society's mission. Thus, the Foundation seeks to fund those education, research, publications, student support, public outreach, and other geoscientific programs of the Geological Society of America that the Foundation, in consultation with the Society considers necessary to accomplish the Society's purposes of advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of GSA members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humankind.
Project People LLC is a Boulder-based provider of environmentally conscious project and event management services. Beth Powell, Principal, provided media and community relations support for this event.
Xcel Energy: Our name reflects our core value of excellence in energy products and services. We are dedicated to providing you the best in service, value and information to enhance your professional and personal life. We are committed to customer satisfaction by continuously improving our operations to be a low-cost, reliable, environmentally sound energy provider. We have been successfully proving this to our customers for more than 130 years and will work hard to continue with this commitment in the future.