Building Climate Resilience
- The County's Clean Energy Project
- Climate Action Planning
- Solar Resources and Funding
- Electric Vehicle Readiness
- Air Quality Monitoring and GHG Inventory
- Residential Commercial E-bike Rebates Incentives
Beneficial electrification (or strategic electrification) is a term for replacing direct fossil fuel use (e.g., propane, heating oil, gasoline) with electricity in a way that reduces overall emissions and energy costs. There are many opportunities across the residential and commercial sectors. This can include switching to an electric vehicle or an electric heating system – as long as the end-user and the environment both benefit.
The Ouray and San Miguel County Regional Climate Action Plan was completed in 2021 by EcoAction Partners and Sneffels Energy Board. This plan sets the stage for the next decade of climate action across our region.
This plan is a regional community working document. Though specific entities, governments, organizations and individuals might take the lead on certain actions, success will take deliberate partnership across our entire region. No one organization, department, or government is solely responsible for the execution of the actions listed in this CAP. This document will help guide intentional actions over the next 3-, 5-, and 10- years as we move towards a more sustainable future.
For more information on EcoAction Partners and the Sneffels Energy Board and to view the Plan, click here.
San Miguel county Plan
Stay Tuned. this is under development.
Colorado State Planning
HOUSE BILL 19-1261 Air pollution - statewide greenhouse gas pollution abatement - air quality control commission - rules - appropriation. Section 1 of the act states that Colorado shall have statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%, 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% of the levels of statewide greenhouse gas emissions that existed in 2005.
The State of Colorado Solar
The solar industry in Colorado is as bright as ever. Contractors are seeing backlogs of six or more months to install projects. This momentum is unlikely to slow down anytime soon with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and local governments taking on programs to support their aggressive climate and renewable energy goals. The IRA will extend the federal solar tax credit to 30% for the next 10 years, provide extensive funding for low-income solar projects, and finally allow non-profits (including local governments) to access the 30% solar credit as a rebate starting next year.
In 2022, the nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) launched the Uncompahgre Solar Co-op with the Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), Solar Energy International (SEI), and EcoAction Partners. The Uncompahgre Solar Co-op is designed to help area residents go solar.
Solar United Neighbors' collective impact as of today is that nearly 400 families have been able to install over 2.5 MW of rooftop solar in Colorado, investing $7.8 million into the local economy. This investment is projected to save $12.4 million over the lifetime of these systems. We are actively facilitating hundreds of thousands of dollars for solar equity rebates, expanding access to its benefits to all. Our work is estimated to have created 41 jobs, with a continued ripple effect for communities across the region.
“The co-op enables homeowners and business owners in both Mountain Village and San Miguel County to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Bryce Carter, Colorado Program Director for Solar United Neighbors. “Together, we’re building a movement to create a more sustainable electricity system that directly benefits households and small businesses in the community.”
The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Mountain Village and San Miguel County. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a discounted group price.
Joining is not a commitment to purchase solar. Members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate.
After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations. SUN provides guidance on the process, but remains vendor-neutral, empowering the co-op members to decide.
Qualifying rebates will also be available on a limited basis for co-op members who are residents of Mountain Village and unincorporated San Miguel County.
Through the co-op, EcoAction Partners and SEI also provided educational outreach to the rural community.
San Miguel County contributed $5000 to three households for solar rebates in 2022. The Co-op will not be operating in 2023 but don't hesitate to get in touch with Tanner Simeon-Cox if you are interested in learning about Solar and rebates in 2024.
San Miguel CountyIn 2022 San Miguel County was awarded two grants through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the Colorado Energy Office to develop a region-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan for the San Miguel and Ouray Counties.
In 2023 San Miguel County will engage EcoAction Partners to develop a region-wide Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan for San Miguel and Ouray Counties. The Plan will focus on supporting the current and future adoption of EVs, including on-road personal and fleet vehicles and necessary EV infrastructure. A Western Colorado University (WCU) Masters of the Environment graduate student will be selected as the project lead with support from a regional EV task force, staff at Eco Action Partners, the Sneffels Energy Board, and San Miguel County. In addition, program support available through WCU’s master’s program will allow access to further resources to ensure that the Plan development will serve the region as they look to be EV ready.
If you would like to be involved in the EV task force, please contact Xander Critikos at firstname.lastname@example.org
State of Colorado
Action #1 in the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan: Build out Colorado’s EV fast-charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships and in coordination with other programs.
Developed in partnership with ChargePoint and site hosts, such as local governments, utilities and private companies, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) fast-charging electric vehicle corridors project comprises high-speed charging stations to be installed at 34 locations across the state.
Air quality Monitoring
We have installed Purple Air Monitors at our Telluride Office and in the Town of Ophir. The results can be found on the Purple Air Real-Time Map.
If you have questions, please check out San Miguel County's Environmental Health page for contact information.
Green House Gas Inventory
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory & Action Plan
EcoAction Partners along with regional leaders track greenhouse gas emissions, set goals and coordinate actions. Please check out EcoAction Partners' website for more information.