MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Mountain Village announced this week that it hired the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology, iCAST, to perform energy audits on many of its facilities to identify potential carbon reductions and cost savings.
In 2009, the town pledged to reduce its energy use by 20 percent by 2020; by the end of 2012, Mountain Village announced it had achieved a five percent reduction through retrofitting, extending the lives of government vehicles and improving building efficiencies. Town officials hope the energy audit, once complete, will offer guidance on next steps the town could take to achieve its goals.
The town will use the energy audit to develop a list of energy conservation measures before it starts its 2014 budget process, according to Chris Hawkins, Mountain Village director of community development. The town expects to see the results of the audit trickle in later this month and into October.
“With the growing cost of energy, we believe that performing efficiency upgrades is a win-win solution that reduces our carbon footprint and saves us money,” said Deanna Drew, the town’s environmental services director. “The energy audits performed by iCAST will provide us with a road map to efficiency so we can prioritize and budget our projects to reduce energy and save money in our government facilities.”
Anything that uses energy will be analyzed by iCAST, including water consumption and air quality in town facilities. iCAST will examine several town facilities, including the Town Hall, police station, maintenance shop, Village Court Apartments, street lights, parking garages and surface parking lots.
The town shares several of these facilities with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, the Telluride Ski & Golf Company and the Telluride Fire District, all of which participate in the program and agreed to have portions of their facilities audited and examined.
“Our intent is to have a road map to energy efficiency for all of our town buildings and facilities so the town can continue to reduce its carbon footprint in a planned and budgeted manner,” said Hawkins.
The energy audit announcement comes as Mountain Village recently announced a new subsidy programs it will offer to village residents and businesses. Residents and business owners can purchase solar panels from the San Miguel Power Association Community Solar Array in Paradox Valley for a discount of $100 per panel.
Mountain Village also recently launched the Green Gondola Project, a program that installed solar panels along the gondola system.