Colorado State University-Pueblo became the first campus in the state to reach net-zero efficiency last week when the school switched on its 23-acre solar array project.
The solar scheme allows the campus to generate excess energy and put it back into the grid.
“One of my bold goals for Colorado is reaching 100% renewable energy by 2040, and it’s thanks to our institutions of higher ed like CSUPueblo, I’m confident we’ll get there,” Gov. Jared Polis said on the school’s Facebook page. CSU Pueblo’s solar project began in 2019 and includes a partnership with Johnson Controls, Capital Dynamics and Black Hills Energy.
CSU Pueblo President Timothy Mottet said controlling energy costs is both the right thing to do and will help to keep tuition affordable.
“Our solar project as well as other campuswide energy savings programs that Johnson Controls made possible will allow us to minimize energy costs for the next two decades allowing us to pass on these savings to our students,” Mottet said. “We are working hard to keep higher education affordable and within reach for the people of Pueblo and Southern Colorado.” — Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post