Mountain Parks Electric awards nearly $10,000 in renewable energy rebates in 2011
GRANBY – Through its Green Power Program, Mountain Parks Electric rebated $9,500 to customers that installed renewable energy systems within its service area in 2011. Mountain Parks is on pace to rebate even more than that in 2012. “We hope these rebates will spur development in the local economy,” said Mountain Parks Electric General Manager Joe Pandy.
Any Mountain Parks Electric customer that installed a renewable energy system after November 2010 – solar, wind, biomass, etc. – is eligible to apply for the rebate. The maximum rebate available for residential systems is $2,500 and $10,000 for businesses and organizations. A three-person volunteer board of directors (composed of Mountain Parks Electric customers) reviews rebate applications quarterly and awards the funds. The board looks for thoughtful implementation of renewable energy systems as well as a recipient’s willingness to allow publicity of their installation.
The Green Power Program is funded by more than 800 Mountain Parks customers, approximately 5 percent of the total customer base. They voluntarily donate anywhere from $0.50 to $100 a month to support the local development of renewable energy. Mountain Parks provides electricity to all of Grand and Jackson Counties and parts of Larimer, Routt and Summit Counties. All customers are eligible to apply for the renewable energy rebates.
From the program’s inception in 1999 until 2010, Mountain Parks purchased open-market renewable energy credits on behalf of its members through its power supplier, Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. The credits financially support existing renewable energy systems – the environmental benefits, not the energy produced – at numerous locations across the United States, not necessarily within the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2011, Mountain Parks decided, in the best interest of its communities, to keep those dollars local by providing rebates to its members.
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