Green light for Carbondale solar project |

Green light for Carbondale solar project

Dennis Webb
Carbondale Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado

CARBONDALE ” Garfield County Commissioners unanimously approved letting a 147-kilowatt, grid-tied photovoltaic panel installation to be installed on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus.

Commissioners also approved changing the rules for agriculture/residential/rural density zoning in the county to allow for such commercial-scale installations. Previous county zoning had made no provision for such installations.

The installations still could occur only with county approval of a special-use permit. The county also plans to look into changing its zoning to allow the installations in several other county zoning districts as well.

The Aspen Ski Co. is partnering with with the school on its project, which will have solar panels covering slightly more than a half acre.

“We really hope it’s a little bit of a model of how we might become more sustainable with energy use and less dependent on other energy sources,” school board Chairman Michael Kennedy told commissioners.

He said the project fits with the school’s mission and goals.

“We’re happy to have it on our property,” he said.

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