Ambient Energy’s Denver Office Awarded WELL Silver Certification

Ambient Energy, a third-party consulting firm specializing in commissioning, energy analysis, and sustainable design, has received WELL Silver Certification for their Denver office space.  The company is one of only six in Colorado and among the first in the nation to achieve this important certification.  The certification was awarded by …


Peak Development Group Assumes Ownership of Colorado’s First Geosolar Community

Peak Development Group, a Denver-based real estate developer focused on well-located and unique residential, commercial, hospitality and multi-family projects, announced the firm has acquired Colorado’s first geosolar community, Geos Neighborhood, in Arvada. Peak Development, in partnership with co-developer Laudick & Laudick Engineering, LLC, plans to complete the public infrastructure and …


Colorado Self-Storage Facilities to Go Green

Denver-based solar energy company Pivot Energy and Extra Space Storage have announced plans to install 65 rooftop solar systems on storage buildings across eight states, including Colorado, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Tennessee. Installation of the solar systems began earlier this year and is expected to be complete by Q2 2021. The …

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How to Overcome the Split Incentive with Solar

By Rachel Mountain For commercial property owners with triple net leases (NNN), recouping the costs of a capital energy improvement can be a barrier to making sustainable investments. Typically, these improvements lower the tenants’ utility bills in NNN leases, so the owner is not financially incentivized to invest in those improvements. This is …


McKinstry and Fremont RE-2 School District Partner on Utility Savings Project

McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm, and Fremont RE-2 School District, in consultation with the Colorado Energy Office, have partnered on a $3.2 million project that includes a ~500kW solar PV ground-mounted array to serve the high school and nearly $350,000 in technical services including a two-year student …


New Study Finds Colorado Energy Policy Discourages All-Electric Buildings Despite Lower Upfront Costs

A report commissioned by Community Energy, Inc. and prepared by Group 14 Engineering, finds that the upfront cost to build new residential buildings with all-electric space and water heating is roughly 25 percent less expensive than comparable equipment powered by natural gas. Similar, but smaller percentage savings arise for new all-electric commercial buildings. …


City Proposes Equity Driven Community Solar Garden Project

The City and County of Denver is partnering with McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm, to install, build and maintain up to 15 MW of community solar gardens on municipal rooftops, over parking lots, and on vacant land. As part of the Renewable Denver Initiative, this project will propel the City even closer to reaching …


National Western Center to Source Recycled Thermal Energy to Meet Clean Energy Goals

In pursuit of its long-term goal of becoming a net-zero energy campus, the future National Western Center announced this week that it will source nearly 90 percent of its heating and cooling from an underground sewer pipeline — a recycled source of thermal energy — through an agreement with EAS Energy …


Stantec Designs Net-Zero Denver Water Admin Facility

Denver Water, Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility, recently opened its new six-story, 186,000-square-foot administration building, the central focus of its 35-acre operations complex. Global integrated design firm, Stantec, designed the building to both LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy standards as part of the public agency’s multiphase modernization project. The …


Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative Launches at Centerra

McWhinney, a master-planned developer and investment firm, has launched an official Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative for its Centerra community in collaboration with environmental nonprofit High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), to enhance water conservation and sustainable practices in northern Colorado. Over the course of the next year, Centerra, HPEC and local community stakeholders including the …