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Renewables Get Energized at Denver Summit

March 27, 2008

Denver, CO - Renewables are getting "energized" in Colorado this week. Senator Ken Salazar's annual energy summit is coming up Friday in Denver, and renewable energy will once again be a major focus. U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman will be a keynote speaker.

Tom Acampora put solar panels on his Denver home, and encourages everyone to get involved in boosting the state's renewable industry.

"Installation was pretty straight-forward and easy. I just did a little research on some suppliers, received some quotes and went with one of the companies."

Acompara says Colorado's solar power potential is incredible, and he credits Colorado voters for passing Amendment 37 in
2004, making it easier for people to connect their solar panels to the grid.

"With more than 300 days of sunshine a year in Colorado, photovoltaic energy is really huge, and Amendment 37 makes it really affordable."

Governor Bill Ritter could be signing a bill this week that would boost the amount consumers receive from adding renewable energy to the grid.

At the same time, a new report from the Sierra Club encourages people to get involved in guiding energy policy by supporting candidates who back such policies as state and federal standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, incentives for consumers who use clean energy, and training people to fill jobs in the alternative energy industry.

The report is available online at

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - CO