Energy Performance Contracting Helps Colorado County in Ambitious Clean Energy Projects

Source: RL Martin

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announced San Miguel County clean energy projects supported through its Energy Performance Contracting program will greatly improve energy efficiency and renewable energy resource utilization across multiple facilities. San Miguel County will balance both energy efficiency and renewable energy generation through solar to optimize funding and maximize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.

“San Miguel County’s goal is to become carbon neutral, and it dedicates the staff and resources needed to deliver on this commitment,” said Dylan Klomhaus, Technical Specialist at CEO. “Even when facing the unprecedented budget impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Miguel County leveraged state programs offered through the Energy Office and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help fund and move these important projects forward.”

A designated SolSmart community, San Miguel County also will install 264 kW of on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at key county facilities including the Historic County Courthouse, which is part of a National Historic Landmark District. The on-site solar PV and energy efficiency improvements will provide:


  • 50% of electricity used by county-owned facilities
  • Full electrification of three county facilities
  • A carrier-neutral broadband location for Norwood to serve the community and provide redundancy and resiliency
  • A reduction of 7,704 tons of carbon dioxide
  • $2.371 million in cash savings to the county general fund over the project lifetime

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