Nature Conservancy Goes Solar

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A celebration was held Wednesday in Fremont County to kick off a new solar project.

Renewable energy is now more efficient, cleaner and “It's more healthy for the environment,” said officials.

These are just a few reasons why nature conservancy members switched to solar power.

It all came together with the help of one person in particular.

Land Conservation Specialist Randy Craft commented, “We were looking for ways to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our carbon emissions here at our office and I always had in the back of my mind it will be great if we can get a solar panels arranged all on the roof to help offset our electrical use."

Craft ran the idea by the Nature Conservancy members but said he didn’t expect the results.

“I was surprised that the results that we're now anticipating we're now starting to see because I didn't think that the panels we have or that we put on the building would be able to offset as much of our electrical as they are going to do so we're looking at close to 100 percent offset of our electrical use."

Members presented a break down showing 94 kilowatts of solar energy is enough to reduce carbon in the amount equivalent to taking 30 cars off the road.

Rocky Mountain Power’s CEO Cindy Crane joined the conversation, “I think it's wonderful, I think it's wonderful for the Nature Conservancy it's a great example for the rest of the community not just here but throughout the state of Wyoming.”

Crane said spending thousands on solar panels isn't the only way to reduce energy.

“They can start with simple things like LED lighting and putting in a smart thermostat so that they can automatically set temperatures,” said Crane.

Craft added, "I think any organization can benefit from her from moving to renewable energy where that's possible and where it’s affordable."

Those who are interested in renewable energy can visit the Nature Conservancy where they can see the live results from the project.

Solar panels are now set up in Riverton and Lander.

The project took a year to complete and a total of 50 thousand dollars.