AVON, Colorado - Local company Conundrum Technologies recently received the National Lutron Excellence Award for Best Alternative Energy Application for its work on Walking Mountains Science Center.
This national award is given every year by Lutron Electronics, an industry leader in all manner of lighting, shading and automated systems. With over 1,200 applicants from around the country, the competition was high, but Conundrum's innovative use and complete integration of Lutron products and solar energy systems is what made them the clear cut winner.
"What impressed us the most was the modern example of green technology complementing standard technology," the judging panel said. "You normally don't see these types of systems used together."
Owned by locals Jason Perez and Stephanie Becker, the company has been providing smart technology for homes and commercial businesses for over 13 years.
Completed last year, Walking Mountains Science Center, is a state-of-the-art LEED certified building equipped with almost 200 solar panels, 136 photovoltaic panels that generate electricity, and 56 solar thermal panels that generate hot water and heat, all of which were installed by Conundrum Technologies. The cost savings per year are substantia,l but what the judging panel was really interested in was that the building is 75 percent sustainable through the interaction of the Lutron system and the remaining sub-systems. When the solar photovoltaic system is producing power, the Lutron system has the ability to dim lights or raise the shades. The system also has the ability to raise the shades in the winter months to capture solar gain, reducing the heating load, as well as the inverse in the summer months, to mitigate solar gain. All of these components helped this one-of-a-kind project catch the eye of industry experts and leaders.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall also commended Perez and his team on their contributions to the alternative energy sector.
"Through your work, you model the economic viability of renewable energy and show the nation that Colorado continues to lead in this arena.," his letter said.
Perez and his team were overwhelmed with all the recognition and feel this will only propel them further into the alternative energy field, finding savings for homeowners and business owners alike.
"We are honored to receive this award and recognition on the state level for such an amazing project at Walking Mountains Science Center," Perez said. "We believe that by providing all the power consuming technological systems for our projects, we have the first-hand ability to properly specify the systems that produce energy. We also understand how to reduce energy consumption and we hope to continue to pass along that understanding to our clients."
Conundrum Technologies is located in Avon at 910 Nottingham Road Suite N-1. They can be reached at 970-688-5261 or by visiting www.conundrumtechnologies.com.