MPE awards more than $20K in renewable energy rebates to locals in 2017
Granby, C.O. – Mountain Parks Electric (MPE), through its Green Power Program, rebated $20,974 to its ratepayers that installed local renewable energy systems in 2017. “Providing these rebates is just one way that MPE is greening up the local power supply,” said Tom Sifers, Mountain Parks Electric General Manager. “We also purchase the renewable power generated by Granby Dam and from the Town of Grand Lake’s micro-hydro recovery system.”
At present, MPE’s overall power supply is 30 percent renewable.
MPE provides electricity to all of Grand and Jackson Counties and parts of Larimer, Routt and Summit Counties, some 4,000 square miles in total. Any MPE member installing a new renewable energy system – solar, wind, biomass, etc. – is eligible to apply for the Green Power Program rebate. The maximum rebate available for residential systems is $2,000, and up to $8,000 for businesses and organizations. A five-person volunteer board (comprised of MPE rate-payers) reviews rebate applications quarterly and awards the funds.
The Green Power Program is voluntarily funded by more than 1,100 MPE customers, approximately six percent of the total customer base. Contributors donate anywhere from $0.50 to $100 a month, an adder to their monthly MPE electric bill. Since 2011, MPE, through this program, has rebated more than $140,000 to its members installing renewable energy projects.