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April 18, 2012
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Clean Energy Collective has received the 2012 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association for its 858-kilowatt Garfield County Airport Community Solar Array in Rifle.

Recognizing major achievements in U.S. photovoltaic solar energy, the award was presented to Clean Energy Collective at the PV America West event in San Jose, Calif., a Solar Power International event showcasing exhibits from more than 160 companies, drawing more than 4,000 industry attendees.

One of three winners, the airport solar array sits on five acres of south-facing hillside. The array's 3,575 panels produce more than 1,500 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy each year, and will serve about 350 customers in the Holy Cross Energy territory at capacity.

The collective's proprietary RemoteMeter system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all residential and commercial utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power without modifying their home or office.

"It is very important that we continue to acknowledge new innovation in PV and the successful completion of solar projects now and in the future," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA.

"Through the Clean Energy Collective and Holy Cross Energy partnership, the Clean Energy Collective Community-Owned Solar Farm makes PV solar energy accessible to everyone on the grid by giving citizens the opportunity to own individual panels."

"The Clean Energy Collective is proud to be recognized by SEIA and SEPA for our community-owned solar garden model. Our mission has always been to move the needle on renewable energy adoption, and we're very excited by the remarkable success this model is delivering," said Paul Spencer, collective founder and CEO.

Alpine Bank has officially been recertified for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard of excellence. After final technical review of the February audit, KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. (internationally accredited ISO auditor) presented Alpine Bank with the certificate of registration, which is good for an additional three-year term. Alpine Bank may remain the only U.S.-based financial services institution to hold this designation.

Alpine Bank was first certified to the standard in June 2006, when it successfully executed its environmental management system.

Since then, the bank has continued to manage and progress the system and has obtained recertification at each renewal date of 2009 and now 2012.

In 2005, a group of passionate employees formed Alpine Bank's Green Team, which established a pro-active approach to managing environmental issues within the bank's control.

Every employee represents the Green Team; internal communication is continuous to ensure each employee understands the important role they play in lessening Alpine Bank's environmental impact.

"Registration to the ISO 14001 standard is a tangible way that Alpine Bank helps protect our Western Colorado lifestyles, while reducing the cost of bank operations," said Assistant Vice President and Green Team Chairman David Miller. "Being audited annually by KPMG ensures that Alpine Bank continues to walk the talk."

In 2008, the Green Team adopted four corporate level goals to coincide with the state of Colorado and "Green the Banks" by 2012 (reduction targets measured against baseline year 2006):

• 20 percent reduction in energy use

• 20 percent reduction in paper use

• 10 percent reduction in water consumption

• 25 percent reduction in courier fleet fuel consumption.

Through strategic planning, hard work and dedication, Alpine Bank has been able to exceed three of the four goals by a wide margin.

For the energy use target, very strong progress has been made with 2011 year-end reductions of 17 percent bankwide, with the exception of one location.

Action plans relating to this goal have been reviewed and updated to support the bank in reaching its 20 percent energy reduction goal as well.

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