Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

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Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

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Paul and Mary Jo Laakso finished a solar-powered home in Edgemont Highlands, northeast of Durango, this summer. The home is one of about 1,200 generating electricity on La Plata Electric Association’s grid. Small solar projects could become a larger part of the energy mix in Colorado as the state transitions to more renewable power.

Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

Paul and Mary Jo Laakso finished a solar-powered home in Edgemont Highlands, northeast of Durango, this summer. The home is one of about 1,200 generating electricity on La Plata Electric Association’s grid. Small solar projects could become a larger part of the energy mix in Colorado as the state transitions to more renewable power.

Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

The Laaksos built a highly efficient home in Edgemont Highlands. The home faces south to benefit from solar gain year-round. On sunny summer days, their 7.2-kilowatt solar system will consistently produce 50 kilowatt hours of power.

Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

Paul Laakso describes the efficient windows in his Edgemont Highlands home. The home was built so airtight the couple had to install an air exchanger to pump in fresh air and remove stale air from individual rooms.

Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

The furnace in Paul and Mary Jo Laakso’s home uses electricity to heat up water that is then pumped underneath the concrete floors in some rooms.
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