What Trump May Mean For The Future Of Renewable Energy In Colorado

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Solar panels on the roof of Boulder Commons will play a key role in its net zero energy goal. The idea is for tenants to use no more energy than what the building can produce.

The renewable energy market in Colorado, and the nation, is strong and growing. The state now gets somewhere around 20 percent of its power from solar and wind. And when it comes to jobs, the solar workforce grew more than 10 percent here. But will the sun continue to shine for this sector, with the Trump administration’s promotion of fossil fuels, its rollback of environmental safety regulations, and its tax policies?

Evelyn Carpenter, a member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, or CRES, and the founder and president of a renewables firm called “Solas,” tells Colorado Matters she sees a bright future. CRES membership has gone up since Trump’s election, attendance at meetings has doubled in some cases, and the election election got people in favor of renewables “off the couch.”

Graphic: Renewable Energy Share Of New U.S. Capacity
Graphic: Colorado Solar Installs And Projections