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  • Four Corners Electronics RecyclingRecycle Now!
    Bring computers, TVs, monitors, or anything else with a power cord in any condition to:
    (970) 565-4721 to arrange dropoff
    2717 S. Broadway
    Cortez, Colorado

    Four Corners Recycling InitiativeThe mission of the Four Corners Recycling Initiative is to promote sustainable living through waste diversion and recycling, education and outreach, and economic opportunities without increasing the tax burden on those we serve.

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    Stop the Junk Mail Monster

    Eco-Cycle Do-It-Yourself instructions Hands off, 100% guaranteed, 5 year, non-profit service costs $41

    Check Your Appliance Power Use

    Check out Kill-a-Watts at
    Mancos Public Library Do you know what your refrigerator, freezer or other household appliances are costing you per month? Empire Electric and the Mancos Public Library have teamed up to help you determine how you are using your electricity in your home. Empire Electric has donated KILL-A-WATT METERS that you can check out just as you would a book. Take it home, plug it in and test your electric consumption! It is free but electricity is not.

    Lotsa Useful Links

    Citizen Action

  • New! Ft. Lewis College Environmental Center

    The EC has five goals that guide our work

    * Empower students
    * Make sustainability a community effort
    * Strengthen community-based learning and research
    * Encourage innovation
    * Integrate environmental and social justice issues (read more)

  • Montezuma County Conservation District,

    Partners in protecting the agricultural lifestyle in Montezuma County.

    (read more)

    Dolores and Mancos Conservation Districts
  • LaPlata Climate and Energy Action Plan

    The La Plata Climate and Energy Action Plan project provides a concrete and systematic way for concerned citizens to volunteer and get involved right now in identifying the many ways, large and small, that our community, individuals, governments, businesses, and other groups can reduce greenhouse gasses throughout La Plata County.

    (read more...)
  • 4CORE The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) mission is to promote resource conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy in order to decrease the emission of pollutants, protect public health, and strengthen the economy.
    Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency
  • Scientist James Hansen Proposes His proposal calls for a "simple, honest" carbon fee, collected from fossil−fuel companies upon the first sale at the mine, wellhead or port of entry. The money collected via this fee would be distributed to the public as a monthly "dividend" or "green check."
    "People´s Climate Stewardship Act": A Simple Carbon Fee with Revenue Returned to Americans
  • Carbon Tax Center Why revenue-neutral carbon taxes are essential, what´s happening now, and how you can help
  • Citizens´ Climate Lobby At Citizens Climate Lobby, we believe that our national policy on climate change should be a match for the science. Toward that end, we offer the following legislation that will achieve the critical goals needed to avert catastrophic climate change. We believe this legislation can achieve these goals while at the same time shielding Americans from the financial impact of transitioning to a clean−energy economy.
  • Price Carbon Campaign A price on carbon would be the quickest and most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create incentives for renewable energy and efficiency, and generate green jobs. Fees could be returned to citizens as payroll tax relief or as dividends to promote economic equity.
  • Environment Tech Sites

  • New! NOAA
    Extreme Weather
    and Climate Events
  • EPA page on Navajo Generating Station Proposed Actions
    Four Corners Power Plant

    October 6, 2010 − Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Best Available Retrofit Technology Determination for Four Corners Power Plant

    EPA proposes to cut NOx emissions at nation’s largest source, Four Corners Power Plant
    ... Read More
  • More Energy News from MIT's Technology Review Among the most technically interesting and accurate eneregy news sites.
  • Skeptical Science Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to expand their knowledge and improve their understanding. Yet this isn´t what happens in global warming skepticism. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet eagerly, even blindly embrace any argument, op−ed piece, blog or study that refutes global warming.
  • Global Warming
    Union of Concerned Scientists Global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. To protect the health and economic well−being of current and future generations, we must reduce our emissions of heat−trapping gases by using the technology, know−how, and practical solutions already at our disposal.
  • Global Climate Change − NASA's Eyes on the Earth 2009: Second warmest year on record
  • Public Technology Institute
  • Energy Information Administration, an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Nasa's Global Climate Change Site contains the latest information regarding climate change in very readable format. The site is by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech.

    Other’s Newsletters

  • Mountain Studies Institute
    June 2010 NewsletterRead it here if you didn´t get it by email.
  • Archived MSI Newsletters in pdf format
  • Archived GEO Newsletters in pdf format
  • Local Environment Tech

  • Ozone Readings in Cortez − Real Time !! Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides ozone readings for the past 12 hours.
  • Ozone Readings in Cortez − Long Term Table Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment table of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th maximum 8hr average ozone readings as well as 3 year average of 4th maximum values.
  • Colorado Ozone Tech. Support Document Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment PDF document contains ozone requirements and a great deal of general information about areas of the state including Montezuma county. Search the document for 'Montezuma'.
  • Mountain Studies Institutes´ 2009 San Juan Air Quality Forum Presentations
  • Local, State, National
    Renewable Energy Links and Incentives

    Term Definitions

    GEO − Governor’s Energy Office
    SDHW − Solar Domestic Hot Water

  • Empire Electric’s Green Power Program
  • City of Cortez "Grants to Citizens" page
  • City's SDHW Rebate page
  • GEO SDHW Rebate Program Application Forms and checklist.
  • List of GEO approved SDHW contractors working in Montezuma County.
  • U.S. Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
  • Database of Colorado Incentives for Homeowner Renewables and Efficiency
  • U.S. Federal Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
  • Green Made Simple provides one-source information about rebates, tax credits and other incentives which is searchable by zipcode.
  • Solar Links

  • Build It SolarThis website is a wealth of DIY solar info. Great site! Diy Solar

  • Solar Domestic Hot Water

    On This Site

  • Small system diagram
  • More complex system
  • Two panel system
  • Large drainback system
  • Eric Walker's SDHW pdf

    External SDHW Links

  • DIY SDHW links

  • Photo Voltaic Solar

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems This site has a lot of useful PV project info including writeups of individuals projects.

  • PV Basice, Physics, Devices, Systems, Payback Times This DOE "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" Photovoltaic page has lots of useable information... particularly the "Energy Payback Times for Photovoltaic Technologies" summarized for various PV technologies in Table 1.

  • Solar Panel Sizing Information
  • PVWatts PV Production Calculator
  • Solar Module retail price ranges by Solarbuzz
  • New Low Cost Solar Panels Ready for Mass Production Sept. 10, 2007 -- Colorado State University's method for manufacturing low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels is nearing mass production. AVA Solar Inc. will start production by the end of next year on the technology developed by mechanical engineering Professor W.S. Sampath at Colorado State. The new 200-megawatt factory is expected to employ up to 500 people. Based on the average household usage, 200 megawatts will power 40,000 U.S. homes.
  • General Solar

  • Solar DIY Space Heating Projects Plans for a wide variety of solar space heating projects you can build.

    Solar space heating can be 25 or more times more cost effective than solar electric (PV) systems, and the systems are excellent DIY projects. Payback for these low cost solar heating systems can be as little as one year...(more)

  • Solar for Home or Office: Decision-making Tools U.S. DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Here are some decision-making tools to aid you in the process of learning about and using energy-efficient and solar electric technologies and products.
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Florida Solar Energy Center
  • International Solar Energy Society
  • The Solar Living Institute Website
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
  • Climate and weather animations as well as many other educational animations.
  • mapawatt "Your resource for energy and water conservation" (and sustainability and local foods and lots of other stuff!)
  • ´The Age of Stupid´: a wakeup call on climate is a newly released video.
  • "Fuelly" is a free website where you can track your vehicle's mileage.
  • Wind Links

  • The National Wind Technology Center
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • WindTurbines.netA Social Network for the Wind Energy Community
  • General Links

  • Electricity Basics 101, U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • US DOE Energy Effeciency and Renewable Energy Home Effeciency Guide
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Home Power Magazine
  • Department of Energy
  • Green Power Network
  • Alternative Energy News
  • Alternative Technology Association
  • The Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter
  • Resources for the Future: Energy
  • World Energy Council
  • Fuel Cell Development Information Center
  • Fusion Energy Sciences Homepage
  • Renewable Fuels Association
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Ecoseed, the global green portal

  • Recycling Facts

    According to this Alcoa press release
  • Recycled aluminum requires 95 percent less energy to produce and can be recycled a multitude of times.

  • Recycling Directory

    Take a look at our local recycling directory (pdf). Send us any other recycling locations that should be part of the matrix.

    Kermit Awards 2008

    In recognition of their significant efforts toward greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Cheri Dorshak
  • Sam Carter
  • Shawn Collins
  • Empire Electric
  • Farmers Market Association
  • Greater Dolores Action Group
  • Brett LeCompte
  • JoDee Powers
  • Jude and Addie Scheunemeyer
  • Matthew Keefauver
  • Patsy Smith
  • Organic Growers
  • Osprey Packs
  • Picaya

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    Hands On Residential Renewable Group

    Meeting Notes

    Wednesday July 22nd PV Installation Tour — Sam Perry's Mancos farm / ranch

    We hope you didn't miss this very interesting tour. Sam gave us an overview of what it took for them to acquire enough grant money to make their large 10kW photo-voltaic installation possible. Sam used U.S. made materials with at least 20 year guarantees. He worked with the installer (SolarWorx, now Four Corners Solar) by providing his own support frame material and doing the digging and concrete work himself to reduce costs.

    Sam points out inverter features

    The 10kw grid-tied system is a little more than enough to balance out the ranch and home power usage. This leaves room for some future expansion. Two 5kW inverters were used, as shown. This was much cheaper than a single 10kW inverter. One of the primary loads cancelled by the pv power is Sam's very large walk-in freezer for the grass-fed beef he raises.

    Second Meeting, January 28th, 2009


    The meeting was attended by 35 of us.

    The Program

    1. A description of the GEO program, how to apply for it and what rebates to expect was jointly given by Chris Burkett of the City of Cortez and Doug Sparks of Empire Electric. You can obtain the application form (including a checklist of items to submit) at this link. Applications will be accepted by Chris Burkett starting Monday, February 2nd. His office is at City Hall, 210 E. Main Street, Cortez. See the City's website SDHW page for more information.

    A walkthrough Energy Audit must be completed before applying. Contact Empire Electric for this audit. Here' a link to the application for the audit on the Empire site. The information you provide on the form about your residence is needed by the auditor. You should fill this out and present it to the auditor when he arrives. Contact Empire to find a certified auditor.

    Empire will also rebate to you half the cost of the audit. The auditor will provide you a letter certifying your residence, which you include with the application to Chris Burkett. After you pay for the audit, submit the $175 bill to empire to get the 50% rebate.

    2. Eric Walker of 3D Hydronic Contracting, LLC, gave a powerpoint presentation about Solar Domestic Hot Water system installation. Eric is certified by the GEO (actually COSEIA) to install systems that are qualified for the rebates. 3D Hydronic Contracting is based in Bayfield but works in Montezuma County. Click here for his presentation slides in pdf format. This is a 2.4Mbyte file. Here are his solar diagrams: one panel system, more complex system, two panel system, biggest system. .

    Qualified SDHW Installers Working in Montezuma County

    Here's a list of the certified installers working in Montezuma County for this GEO rebate program.

    Meeting Notes

    First meeting, December 10th, 2008

    NEXT meeting: Wednesday, January 26, 2009, 4:30pm
    Calvin Denton Room at Empire Electric, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez


    Approximately fifty persons attended the first meeting of the Hands On! Renewable Energy Homeowners Group. Several attendees noting the lack of space did not enter the room. The M-CAN Steering Committee did not anticipate the response and had to make more copies of handouts.

    M-CAN organization explained:

    M-CAN Steering Committee Members present were: Jodi and Chris Foran, Susan Thomas and Sue Whitehead. They explained the M-CAN organization structure and discussed briefly the M-CAN organization fact sheet and various green teams for which each is a team liaison. The need for additional Steering Committee members was mentioned and those interested in helping to guide the organization were encouraged to join the SC. M-CAN does not have a membership fee.


    Attendees introduced themselves and mentioned their interest in and experience with residential renewable energy systems. Given the number of attendees this took considerable time. An Information Form was distributed and attendees asked to complete the form at the meeting and leave it with Jodi. Click the link if you did not receive a copy of the Form and complete it online.

    Meeting Times:

    The group was vocal in wanting to meet often – twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Jodi Foran will arrange next meeting.

    Hands On! Team Structure:

    The purpose of the group is to facilitate networking and to leverage the knowledge and experience of members. Agendas, Meeting Notes and Action List will be accessed on the website by clicking the Hands on Renewable Group choice on the left of the home page.

    Using the Internet to network Hands On! members:

    Chris Foran, M-CAN’s webmaster, will update the website and create the appropriate links. It is expected that, when appropriate, members will document their experience with renewable energy to be put on the website and shared with all members. Members are asked to send Chris topics of interest which include links to suggested sites, relevant articles and videos, books, information about rebates and credits, and certified vendors and installers. We will put powerpoint presentations to the group on the website, if allowed by the presenters.

    What’s next for the Group?:

    The attendees briefly discussed what kind of activities they expected from the group. Unfortunately there was not enough time for a thorough discussion…to be continued.

    Information Form

    Those present filled out an information form. Information on the form will help us keep track of how many of us are interested in what kind of renewable energy and who has experience to share. If you haven't filled out the form, click here to do so.