In late May, DMEA members as of May 5 will be mailed election ballots and a summary of each candidate’s background; members vote for one candidate in each of the three DMEA districts.
To be valid, ballots must be returned by mail by June 18 – or the member must vote in person at the coop’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 19, between 1-2 p.m. The ballot box closes at 2 p.m. with the commencement of DMEA’s annual meeting and the start of vote tabulation by an independent credentials committee.
To RSVP for DMEA’s annual meeting, please call 1-877/687-3632.
Solar Rebates Now Available
DMEA and the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) have partnered to provide solar rebates to DMEA members. For residential systems: Have your contractor follow the rebate reservation and application process at the GEO’s web site www.rechargecolorado.com. The process at the GEO website should be followed for both photovoltaic (solar electric) and thermal (solar hot water) systems. The DMEA contribution for residential PV rebates is $1.50 per watt with a maximum rebate of $4,500. This amounts to a total rebate (DMEA plus GEO) of $3.00 per watt with a maximum rebate of $9,000. The DMEA contribution for residential thermal systems ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 (see www.rechargecolorado.com for details) and requires that electricity is used as a backup energy source to heat the water. All GEO requirements for residential solar rebates must be complied with to receive the DMEA portion of the rebate.
For commercial systems: Have your contractor apply for the GEO portion of the rebate at www.rechargecolorado.com and contact DMEA for the portion of the rebate that DMEA will provide. Your contractor must reserve the commercial rebate and provide verification of the reservation prior to reserving a rebate from DMEA. For commercial PV (solar electric) systems, DMEA will provide a $1.50 per watt match with a maximum rebate of $4,500. For commercial solar thermal (solar hot water) systems, DMEA will provide a maximum rebate amount of $3,000, and electricity must be the backup energy source to heat the water.
State Renewable Energy Conference in June
DMEA has teamed up with San Miguel Power Association to bring the June 18-20 Colorado Renewable Energy Society annual conference to the region, complete with seminars, workshops, tours and other activities, in service territories and at the main conference and exhibition, at the Montrose Pavilion.“We’re pleased that many of the state’s renewable energy experts and business leaders will be in the area in June,” said Kevin Ritter, general manager of SMPA. “This is a great chance to network with and learn from some of the top researchers and entrepreneurs in the field. Local businesses and government agencies will get first-hand ideas of how they might take advantage of the growing number of renewable energy technologies that are economically attractive.”
“This is also an opportunity for our local renewable energy entrepreneurs to gain exposure across Colorado,” noted Dan McClendon, DMEA’s general manager. “We also look forward to sharing our vision of creating jobs and economic development through local renewable energy projects.”.
On Friday, June 18, a free session on micro-hydro power will be held in Ouray. According to the Governor’s Energy Office, small and micro hydroelectric generation is reliable, cost effective and typically employed with minimal environmental impacts.
“Micro-hydro power has a rich history in our service territory and is becoming increasingly popular,” said Governor Bill Ritter. “This session will highlight the essential elements that make micro-hydro power successful, cost effective and practical.”
Also on June 18 at the Montrose Pavilion: A free seminar on biofuels and other bioenergy technologies. “This session will be particularly of interest to our local agriculture industry,” noted McClendon. “There have been advancements in the production of renewable fuels, including ethanol from cellulose and biodiesel from algae. As oil and gasoline prices will rise, there will be business opportunities in renewable fuels that could create local jobs.”
For a complete conference program with fee schedule and registration details, go to the CRES website, www.cres-energy.org.