Date: December 5, 2018

The Roaring Fork Schools invite the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony for Riverview School’s new 340-kW solar PV system on Tuesday, December 18 at 11am. The solar array is located on the hillside directly east of Riverview School at 228 Flying M Ranch Road in Glenwood Springs.

This new solar PV system will provide a 100 percent electrical offset for Riverview School, greatly reducing the carbon emissions of the school and the school’s energy costs over the next 25 years and beyond. Building sustainable and high-performance facilities are two commitments outlined in the district’s Facility Master Plan. Specifically, the plan states: “The Roaring Fork School District intends to design, construct, and operate facilities that are sustainable from an environmental, social/community, and economical basis.”

“This project reflects our commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency,” said Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein.

This project was made possible through grant funding. The district received a $150,000 grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District (GCFMLD) and a $100,000 Randy Udall Energy Pioneer grant from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to support this project.

“These grants combined with the benefit of being accepted into Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program made this project financially viable, allowing us to focus more dollars in the classroom and less on utilities,” said Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Shannon Pelland.  


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