- Published: February 1, 2013
- Written by Chris Meehan
Next week, from Feb. 4 to 6, Colorado’s solar industry and renewable energy leaders will be at Solar Power Colorado, the Colorado Energy Industries Association’s (COSEIA’s) annual conference. It's an annual event where the state’s best and brightest solar and renewable energy stars congregate to discuss the state and future of solar in the Centennial State.
The keynotes of the event will include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, who coined the phrase ‘new energy economy’ and made Colorado one the nation’s most progressive states for renewable energy by signing Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard into law, requiring all investor-owned utilities in the state to source 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. And Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy. Sungevity’s solar leases and power-purchase agreements have led to a ‘rooftop revolution’ in states like Colorado and California, where homeowners can now get solar on their homes with no up-front costs.
Other keynote speakers include David L. Eves, president and CEO of Xcel Energy’s Public Service Company of Colorado, the state’s largest utility, and Solar Electric Power Association President Julia Hamm. The quality of the nationally known speakers reflect the strength of the Colorado solar industry. The event will also include speakers from Google, Denver International Airport, Prologis and Colorado State University, where Ritter operates the Center for a New Energy Economy.
This year the event, dubbed “The Path to a Million Solar Roofs” is focused on the new, synonymous campaign, which seeks to expand distributed solar in the state. “The Million Solar Roofs campaign offers a strategic approach on actions we can take today to reach the equivalent of a million solar roofs in Colorado by 2030 through solar projects of all sizes from utility-scale to commercial to residential,” according to COSIEA.
The event is at the Westin Westminster Hotel in, well, Westminster, Col. Over the course of the three-day event there will be numerous speakers and parties interested in solar to discuss the opportunities and issues with expanding solar in Colorado. The state already is among the nation’s most progressive states in terms of solar energy and this event will help take it to the next level. Come out for Solar Power Colorado