Friday, August 6, 2010

Incentives Bring Solar to Colorado Public Schools

Renewable Social Benefit Funds, an alternative energy company dedicated to bringing solar power to hospitals, schools and low-income housing, will work with Jefferson County Public Schools to provide 30 local schools with clean, renewable solar power.

A combination of incentives from federal and state programs, as well as from Xcel Energy, will help the county meet Colorado solar and renewable energy standards, which require that 30 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources within 10 years.

"There's a misguided belief that clean solar energy is not cost-effective, but that's just not true," said Jonathan Jaffrey, the president of Renewable Social Benefit Funds. "We ensure access to the most cost-effective clean energy solutions, including low maintenance costs and long-term reliability."

The program will hopefully save the county's public schools around $1 million in energy costs and will provide a compelling educational opportunity to teach students about the benefits of renewable energy. RBS Funds will work with Colorado solar installer Golden Power Partners, Los Angeles, California solar installer Martifer Solar and Tecta America Colorado to build the systems.


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