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New commitment to sustainability

Mary Kelley Zeleskey
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyConundrum Technologies workers install a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system at the local vacation home of John Paul DeJoria, founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila.

EAGLE VALLEY, Colorado – Many people in the Eagle Valley pride themselves on being eco-friendly. One of the most recent ways to accomplish “going green” is by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in order to be more energy efficient.

Conundrum Technologies has recently installed two projects to help local residents, as well as companies, achieve energy savings.

One of the projects is a 12-kilowatt, ground-mounted solar PV system recently installed at the local vacation home of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder and CEO of Paul Mitchell hair products and founder of Patron Tequila.

“I did it because I wanted to make a statement to say, ‘Even though it costs a little more, we wanted to become sustainable,'” DeJoria said. “We feel that sustainability is really important.”

With DeJoria’s system, the goal is to offset 50 percent of the house’s electrical use.

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DeJoria said that he wanted to contribute to giving back to our planet.

Jason Perez, CEO of Conundrum Technologies, said many local vacation homeowners are finding a balance between sustainability and luxury.

“It is a commitment from DeJoria and people with these types of resort homes for them to want to find a balance between offsetting their carbon footprint and still having the luxury items they want,” Perez said.

According to Perez, the system is unique because they used the highest total efficiency panels. He said that it is about finding that balance of applying the technology with the natural landscape in the community.

DeJoria’s PV system is the first of its kind in the valley’s resort vacation-home communities.

“Right now, it is becoming a little more affordable,” DeJoria said. “I think since we’re the first ever to do it (in the area), it will be a great example.”

Conundrum Technologies also has installed an 11-kilowatt, roof-mounted solar PV system that powers the medical center building at Roundup River Ranch, a nonprofit camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Conundrum Technologies worked side by side with the Holy Cross Foundation for this project.

“I think it really makes a statement about the camp and Holy Cross’ commitment to alternative energy,” Perez said. “It brings in more solar technologies to the market place as a small co-op utility.”

The system at Roundup River Ranch has decreased the annual operating cost of the building by 78 percent.

“Due to the long-standing relationship, proven success, commitment and integrity throughout the initial construction project, camp staff felt comfortable paying in full in advance for the medical center project,” said Ruth Johnson, executive director of Roundup River Ranch, in a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

After certain investments in 2008, solar PV systems are now more affordable and practical than ever.

“We try to look globally at all of the systems in a building or a home that consume power and that produce power and try to find that balance,” Perez said.

Mary Kelley Zeleskey is an intern at the Vail Daily and can be reached at 970-777-3120.

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