Carbondale architect and Building Efficiency & Renewables Program Director for Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) Jeff Dickinson recently presented the efforts of Garfield Clean Energy's One Megawatt Campaign and Clean Energy Challenge at the Department of Energy's SunShot Forum in Denver. Dickinson was on a panel titled "Soft Costs: Transforming Solar Markets at the State and Local Level."The June 13 panel in Denver focused on challenges and opportunities to transform solar markets at the state-level, and then, in turn, at the local level. Panelists shared their experiences during an interactive Q&A discussion with the moderator and audience. Dickinson presented the work of CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy, with particular focus on the success of the Garfield Energy Challenge and the One Megawatt Campaign. The One Megawatt Campaign, started in 2008 with a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, is an effort to install One Megawatt of Renewable Energy in Garfield County. The effort has to date seen nearly 400 kilowatts of solar electricity installed on 47 buildings in Parachute, Rifle, Silt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Garfield County.The Clean Energy Challenge is an effort to encourage home and business owners to get energy audits and energy upgrades done to the homes and businesses. The program now includes 153 homeowners and 109 business owners."It's great that our efforts in Carbondale, and across Garfield County, are being noticed at the national level," Dickinson said. "We can be proud of what we're doing out here in Western Colorado."Among the other panelists were Ben Foster, Senior Vice President, Optony; John Mucci, Vice President Electric Operations, ConEdison; Tria Case, Strategic Advisor, Center for Sustainable Energy, City University of New York; and Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, State of California.The SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum was the first event in a series of DOE "Grand Challenges." This event focused on SunShot Initiative goals of achieving grid-parity solar energy within the decade.Through the Grand Challenge series, the Energy Department is launching a broad-based effort to address the scientific, technological, and market barriers to achieving breakthroughs in national energy challenges. The Department is convening the best and brightest minds across government, industry, and academia to strengthen U.S. leadership in the global clean energy race, increase American economic prosperity, and capture the new markets and jobs of the 21st century.