The City of Durango is taking the following steps to reduce energy consumption to save money and reduce our carbon footprint:
- Investment Grade Energy audit of City facilities in 2019 to identify energy and water efficiency opportunities, and solar PV potential.
- 100% of the power that the city purchases is green power through LPEA's Just One Block Program.
- The City produces 3% of its total power through on-site generation of renewable energy, including a 19.7 kW solar array at on the roof of the Airport Terminal (see below!)
- The City of Durango has been recognized as a Green Power Partner by the EPA and is one of only 37 local government organizations to report 100% green power purchase.
- Methane gas is converted into electric energy at the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- Synthetic oils that are recovered from the City fleet are used to heat the Maintenance Shop.
- The City burns fleet-generating waste oil to heat warehouse.
- Motion-detecting lighting is installed at some City facilities.
- Purchasing policies encourage the energy efficient office equipment.
- Lighting is being retrofitted to LED for some City facilities.
- HVAC systems are updated in yearly budget process.
- The City utilizes an active energy tracking system for all City facility energy use.
- Partner in the State Electronic Challenge (SEC) and EPEAT awardee for outstanding achievement in sustainable electronics purchasing
Thinking about going solar?
Check the City of Durango permitting process and other resources on our Solar Landing Page.