Buyers dreaming of going off the grid can virtually tour 16 solar homes

Just as CV-19 has thousands of Coloradans reimagining where they want to be living, the crisis has some of those people thinking seriously about solar and renewable energy — building or remodeling to generate more of your own energy, at a moment when people are officing from home much more than in the past. Solar pioneer John Avenson has been watching the interest in solar skyrocket the past few months; and today he and other members of non-profit New Energy Colorado have a way for you to get serious about those ideas.

This weekend is the 26th Annual Metro Denver Green Homes Tour — this year a virtual event featuring 16 homes around the area, including one Avenson showed me this week, ten miles up Golden Gate Canyon Road.  Martijn and Beth van de Rijdt had dreamed about creating a net-zero home for a pretty property backing to Centralia Mountain; and they made that happen in 2018.

Check out this 2,000-sq. foot design to see how far solar has come over the past 40 years:  It has the core features of passive solar—more glass on the south to let sun in, less glass on the north; with roof shading to keep the sun out in summer, and lots of interior mass to store heat. Many houses were built like that in Denver and the foothills during 1970s-80s when solar was hitting peak popularity; but a tech revolution in energy conservation, ventilation, and back-up heating allows homes like this to go way beyond what was possible back then.

Starting with insulation:  The van de Rijdt house has double 2×4

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Fairbanks Museum gets solar panels, EV charging station, with more improvements coming

It seems written in the stars that Vermont’s planetarium would go solar.

a room filled with furniture and a fire place: Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through

Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury received a shipment of solar panels from Sun Common for a solar canopy to be erected in the parking lot.

The museum will also get an electric vehicle charging station. For Burlington museum goers, the trip from ECHO Leahy Center in downtown Burlington to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is 76.1 miles, roughly an hour and a half drive.

In a social media post, the museum said the effort is “part of our ongoing commitment to lightening the Museum’s environmental footprint.”

Many museums have struggled during the closure due to the pandemic and have only recently begun to allow visitors back into their properties. As a result, some have put major projects on hold, but the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is an exception. 

An outdoor greenhouse learning space is in the works. It is designed to allow adequate air flow ventilation helpful in preventing the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19. The space is expected to be heated so classes can continue to meet there after the weather turns colder. 

The museum is also planning its first major expansion in 125 years of the historic, Victorian property. The museum has raised more than $600,000 and is waiting to hear if it will be awarded a $2 million grant for the project.

The annex would be a 6,000 square feet, 3-story addition housing hands-on meteorology and astronomy exhibits. There would be ground level access, including an elevator allowing access to the balcony, which houses much of the center’s collection. This

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Lifetime Roof & Solar of Denver Announces New Location – Press Release

Lifetime Roof & Solar of Denver Announces New Location

Denver, CO – Lifetime Roof & Solar ( has announced its recent relocation to 2330 Broadway, Suite 106 in Denver. The move is the result of company expansion.

A sister company to Lifetime Windows & Siding, which was founded in 2009, Lifetime Roof & Solar added a new Sales Manager, Don Schunk, this summer.

Lifetime Roof & Solar serves customers throughout the Denver Metro Area and Colorado Springs. The company specializes in offering roofing for residential, multifamily, and commercial clients, including selection, installation, maintenance, and repair. Its technicians are highly trained roofing experts, skilled in assessing claims, offering guidance in entering damage claims following natural disasters and accidents, and recommending appropriate products.

Lifetime Roof & Solar provides education on a wide variety of products, the installation process, and maintenance of various solar products. Additionally, the company has been awarded the GAF Master Elite Award and promotes the message that customers of the roof and solar division will receive the same 5-star treatment that Lifetime is famous for, including a double lifetime transferable warranty on all products. The business employs NABCEP-certified and GAF Master Elite installers and uses state-of-the-art equipment to maximize return on investment.

Today’s homeowners should consider solar panels for increasing energy efficiency, cutting energy bills, and decreasing their carbon footprint.

With multiple locations in Colorado and Arizona, Lifetime Windows & Siding and Lifetime Roof & Solar are now positioned to serve a wide range of customers and expand its reach throughout the region.

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Company Name: Lifetime Roof & Solar in Denver CO
Contact Person: Jeff Gray
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Phone: (303) 335-6097
Address:2330 Broadway Suite 106
City: Denver
State: CO
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