CSU–Pueblo receives rebate check for renewable energy initiatives

Representatives from Aquila and SmartGrowth Advocates last week presented Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia with a rebate check that rewards the University’s efforts to switch to renewable energy sources.

In April, CSU-Pueblo symbolically made the switch to renewable energy when it dedicated new solar photovoltaic panels south of the University’s Technology Building. The solar panels, two arrays with a total of 36 modules rated at 6.12 KW, are located on the south side of CSU-Pueblo’s Technology Building, adjacent to the Buell Communications Center (KTSC-TV). An educational kiosk, adjacent to the solar panels, provides general information on solar photovoltaic technology.
The $27,540 check represents Aquila’s current rebate structure of $4.50 per watt. The rebate payment also includes the purchase of renewable energy credits. Renewable energy credits are the environmental attributes associated with generation of electricity from a solar system.

At the check presentation on Oct. 18, Smart Growth Advocates President Vickie Massam said, “This project is an example of how great things result from small beginnings when working with committed partners. This is an important cornerstone for other renewable energy projects for this campus, already underway.”

Kenny Romero, manager of renewable energy for Aquila, said the University has demonstrated leadership around sustainable and renewable energy initiatives, not only with this project but moving forward with future projects.
“We’re pleased to partner with the University and have big plans with other Aquila customers over the next few years to meet Colorado’s renewable energy standards,” Romero said.
President Garcia vowed to help the campus be a leader among the state’s higher education community.

“This is the first of many “green” projects for us as we model the behavior we want to see the nation emulating,” Garcia said.

(pictured left to right): Milton VanDerWalker, senior external affairs manager for Aquila; Vickie Massam, president, SmartGrowth Advocates; CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia; Kenny Romero, manager of renewable energy for Aquila, and Hector Carrasco, dean of the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies.

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