Town of Silt sticks with Garfield Clean Energy group |

Town of Silt sticks with Garfield Clean Energy group

SILT — The board of trustees here agreed this week to continue its membership in — and its financial support of — the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative (GCEC), an organization that is working to increase energy efficiency in government, businesses and homes throughout Garfield County.

The board, by consensus decision, instructed the town’s staff to make sure the 2014 budget contains $3,000 in financial support for the collaborative, and agreed to a recommendation by Town Administrator Pamela Woods to review an additional request for $1,125 at a later date.

According to documents presented by GCEC, the town has realized some savings in its energy bills in the last year or so, since the town joined the GCEC in late 2012.

The work done to date by GCEC in the 81652 zip code, according to the documents, has included energy retrofit projects on 10 houses at a cost of $22,417, as of June. Rebates paid to the homeowners reached $3,845, and the energy efficiency results were savings of $200 per year, per household, to date, according to the documents.

Two businesses have taken part in energy retrofit projects, according to GCEC, at a cost of $3,684, offset by just over $2,000 in rebates, generating savings of $160 per year, per business.

The GCEC documents listed three “participating businesses and commercial properties,” including Custom Structural Steel, the Silt Building at 401 Main St., and Silt Discount Liquor.

In addition, the town has had three solar arrays installed at Town Hall, the wastewater treatment plant and the senior housing complex.

Projected savings were reported to be about $4,500 per year.

“Savings are evident for Town Hall,” stated the GCEC memo to the trustees, “but numbers have not changed for the other two facilities.”

Presenting all the data and information to the trustees were Heather McGregor of the Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, who has been the liaison between CLEER and the county.

As part of the presentation, the pair showed the trustees a written case study of a Silt area homeowner, Ron Mittleider, who had an energy efficiency retrofit project done on his Silt Mesa home and said he got “one [electric] bill this summer that was the lowest I’ve had in a long time.”

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