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Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

Colorado Springs Utilities announced Friday its intent to award a contract for the design, construction and operation of its newest Community Solar Garden project to a local company and its engineering partner. The ITA was offered to Pikes Peak Solar Garden LLC, a joint venture of Springs-based SunShare LLC and Hawaii-headquartered Sunetric, according to the… Continue Reading Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

Solar gardens project draws competition

More than a month after Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a plan that would double the scope of the city’s community solar garden program, 10 contractors expressed interest in doing business in the local market. During a mandatory pre-proposal conference held by Colorado Springs Utilities last week, the 10 companies — half… Continue Reading Solar gardens project draws competition

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Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

While clean technology was the fastest-growing industry in Colorado over the past five years, it’s not likely to be the linchpin of economic growth in Colorado Springs. And economic leaders say that might be OK. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has declared clean tech, which includes renewable energy manufacturing, installation and maintenance, a focus… Continue Reading Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

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Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

Sonny Mata was looking through patents a couple of years ago when he stumbled onto a green-energy business he could easily get behind. “I’d been selling solar panels,” he said. But at that time it would take most homeowners 12 years to realize a return on their investments, which was a hard sell. “I wanted… Continue Reading Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

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Businesses saving green with energy

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Businesses saving green with energy

After adding insulation and replacing light fixtures and HVAC systems, the owners of CityRock are saving almost 60 percent on utility bills — about $11,000 a year. It’s a huge savings, said Joe Groshong, who owns the 17,000-square-foot climbing gym in downtown Colorado Springs with his wife Lara. While they weren’t solely motivated by finances,… Continue Reading Businesses saving green with energy

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Building a better battery

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Building a better battery

Helped by DOE funding, UCCS to build prototype for powering electric cars The path toward much-advanced batteries for electric cars might begin in Colorado Springs. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs received a $716,000 Department of Energy grant last week to build a better electric-vehicle battery system. That $716,000 is just UCCS’ portion of a… Continue Reading Building a better battery

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When the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association recognized Denver as a Solar Friendly Community earlier this month, some conservation leaders in Colorado Springs wondered if this city could meet criteria. The program is mostly focused on improving the soft costs associated with installing solar, said Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director for COSEIA. She spoke to… Continue Reading Group aims to make solar easier to install in Springs

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Report: Niobrara could yield 3.6 billion barrels

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The Niobrara formation – known for its oil and gas deposits – is getting even bigger, according to the Denver Business Journal. The newspaper is reporting that yield estimates for the Niobrara, which includes parts of El Paso County and Colorado Springs, have soared to 3.6 billion barrels. That’s one-third larger than previous forecasts by… Continue Reading Report: Niobrara could yield 3.6 billion barrels

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Atargis Energy Corp. became the first company to produce electric power from the energy of ocean waves by using a specific energy conversion machine developed in Colorado Springs. The company’s model, one-tenth the size of the planned machine, was tested in a large offshore wave basin facility at Texas A&M, and delivered 370 watts of… Continue Reading Atargis successfully creates electricity during wave tests

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Colorado budget nears final lap

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Colorado’s Senate is taking a final vote Thursday on the state’s $7.4 billion spending plan for next year. The budget has already passed the House, and disagreements between the chambers are minimal. That means Colorado seniors are all but certain to get property tax relief next year. And public schools could see their first year… Continue Reading Colorado budget nears final lap

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