Wyoming Nonprofits Unveil Renewable Energy Projects

September 20, 2017

This month, two Wyoming organizations each completed solar projects aimed at saving energy, helping to protect the environment and being more efficient with valuable nonprofit dollars.

Both Community Entry Services in Riverton, Wyo. and The Nature Conservancy in Lander, Wyo. received renewable energy project grants from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, which provides an easy and convenient way for customers to support the development of renewable energy resources.

Combined, these two projects are generating 94 kilowatts of solar energy, which is enough to power 15 homes for a full year and the equivalent carbon offset of taking nearly 30 cars off the road for a year.

Community Entry Services, which serves those with intellectual/developmental disabilities and brain injuries and helps them live productive and satisfying lives in the community, received a $250,000 Blue Sky grant, a $30,000 grant from First Interstate Bank and contributions from Ron and Linda Vosika.

The organization’s new solar array will generate up to 70 percent of the total energy used each year, saving over $6,000 annually.

“Our new solar power system is helping to reduce our utility costs and redirect the savings to providing direct services to the population in which we serve,” said Shawn Griffin, chief executive officer for CES.

The Nature Conservancy, through a $38,000 grant from Blue Sky customers, is now able to completely offset the energy used in their facility with the energy produced by their new solar array, coupled with renewable energy credits.

“We work diligently to keep administrative costs to a minimum and seek to make use of every dollar donated, with careful attention to effectiveness and efficiency,” said Milward Simpson, state director of The Nature Conservancy. “Blue Sky provided a way for us to use 100 percent renewable energy - a worthy goal for all organizations, and one for which environmental organizations, in particular, should strive.”

Top photo: CES Board president Hal Herron: Senate president Bebout; Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Cindy A. Crane; Dave Bruni, First Interstate Bank; Victor Robbins, First Interstate Bank

Bottom photo: Milward Simpson, state director, The Nature Conservancy Wyoming; Cindy Crane, president and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power; Randy Craft, land conservation specialist, The Nature Conservancy Wyoming; Rita Meyer, vice president for Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power; Scott Kane, CEO, Creative Energies; Leslie Blythe, regional business manager, Rocky  Mountain Power

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