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City of Golden Receives SolSmart Community Designation

Sol Smart Silver DesignationThe City of Golden has been awarded a Silver designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Golden for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. On Dec. 7, representatives from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association presented a plaque to City Council as an award for the designation.

SolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and towns that help foster the development of mature local solar markets. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Silver designation is a signal that Golden is “open for solar business.”

Local governments like Golden have tremendous influence over the prospects for solar energy growth. Soft costs, such as those associated with obtaining a building permit can increase the cost of solar for homeowners and businesses. By streamlining these requirements and taking other steps to encourage solar development, communities can shorten the return on investment and create greater access to renewable energy.

Golden has done this not only through the SolSmart process, but also through another nationally recognized standard: Solar Friendly Communities. SolSmart uses objective criteria to designate communities that have successfully met these goals. These communities receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Golden Says Yes to Solar Initiatives

Solar Panels in a fieldIn addition to voting for four Council seats, Golden voters also passed solar question 2A with a resounding YES. The initiative authorizes City Council to contact the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners and discuss revision of the City’s lease on the Rooney Road Sports Complex property to allow the use of up to 15 acres of undeveloped property for future renewable energy facilities.

Now, the most frequently asked question is “How soon can I sign up for a solar energy subscription?” In reality, we are many months to several years away from a viable solar project, where residents and businesses could subscribe to the energy produced by a solar garden. In the coming months, staff will research financial feasibility, engineering requirements, and invite Jefferson County representatives to discuss potential lease amendments.

More Golden residents voted on the solar question than in all four Ward elections combined, sending a clear message that a community solar project is an important step in reaching Golden’s renewable energy goals.

Take the winter chill off with hot rebate savings

Cooler temperatures mean it’s time to turn on the heat.  If you need a new furnace, consider a high-efficiency model to save money on energy bills and get $300 – $400 in rebates from Xcel Energy.  Improve your insulation and air sealing and the rebates can reach over $1000.

What’s so great about a high-efficiency furnace?

  • It provides a more consistent temperature and greater comfort.
  • It helps your AC system work more efficiently, kind of like having new lungs for your new heart – a matched system works most efficiently.
  • 95% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) means only 5% of fuel is unused. Less waste is good for the planet.

High-efficiency water heaters are another great way to save energy and money because water heaters typically consume half of the energy in your home. Xcel Energy offers rebates of up to $450 on qualifying water heater models. To get started and learn more, please visit www.xcelenergy.com/StayWarm.

Golden’s Climate Change Celebration Soggy but Successful

Climate CelebrationThank you for attending Golden’s Climate Change Celebration on August 10 at City Hall. Due to rain, the event was moved inside because the cupcakes, ice cream and people were getting a little soggy, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm. Golden and other Colorado cities are committing to action to help mitigate climate change. Golden has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (aka Climate Mayors) and the Compact of Colorado Communities.

Sign Up for the City’s Green Waste Program to win a $100 Garden in a Box Gift Certificate

Garden in a Box Gift CertificateAnyone that lives within the City limits is encouraged to sign up for the green waste pickup service through Alpine Waste & Recycling. Starting now, new and existing subscribers will be entered into a drawing each month to win fantastic prizes December’s giveaway is a $100 Garden in a Box gift certificate that can be used to purchase anything that the Center for Resource Conservation sells on the Garden In A Box online store, which includes Xeric and veggie Gardens In A Box and garden accessories such as drip kits and control clocks . The drawing will take place at the end of the month and the winner will be announced on January 5.

How Can I Sign Up?

Contact Alpine at 303-277-TRASH (8727) or email golden@alpinewaste.com to start service. Alpine Waste customer service representatives will indicate when your cart and kitchen container will be delivered.

Monthly fees are $9.45. This rate includes a discount each month for Golden residents, provided by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board. You may cancel anytime.

Upon signing up, you will receive a 96-gallon cart and a roll of biodegradable kitchen waste bags to start your collection.

Place compostable kitchen waste and yard waste in your container (food scraps, paper products, leaves, small branches). Please see the list of acceptable items pdf download.

All compostable items can be commingled in the same cart. No need to separate.

Green Waste service is YEAR ROUND and bi-weekly (every other week).

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 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

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