News from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society

A Note from the CRES Executive Director

Dear CRES Members and Friends,
In this month of Thanksgiving, there is much to be thankful for. Here are some of the recent gifts CRES is most appreciative for:
-First of all, we survived the election attention heaped on Colorado!
-All the time and hard work volunteers put in on the Denver Area Sustainable Living Tour and the SECRES Tour of Sustainable Buildings
-Members whose continued support enables CRES to promote policies, programs and practices that support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
On December 4th, CRES supporters will have a special opportunity to contribute during Colorado Gives Day. Please remember CRES on this special day of giving can even give TODAY and schedule your gift to be counted on Colorado Gives Day.
As we prepare for the holidays and the year ahead, I encourage CRES members and supporters to continue making progress on renewable energy issues and trends from around the state. We are all in this together!
I look forward to our exciting work ahead.
Lorrie McAllister
Executive Director, CRES
CRES Volunteer Needs

Marketing, Programs Top the List

CRES has needs for volunteers in the following projects and roles:

  • Data input in our eTapestry database. Project will require 4-6 hours of work initially, and then 1-2 hours per  month. After initial training, work may be performed at home. Skills required: familiarity with databases, good organizational skills, attention to detail.
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Meetup) volunteer to post news, stories and events and to assist in developing guidelines for posting. Position requires 2-4 hours per month from any location. Skills required: proficiency in posting on social media, ability to comply with CRES posting guidelines, and ability to keep abreast of breaking news. Prefer ability to attend occasional Marketing and Communication Committee meetings.
  • Programs Committee members to help plan and execute monthly speaker series in the Denver area. Includes selection of topics, arranging speakers and venues, securing or arranging for refreshments, and setting up before meetings and clean-up after meetings. Positions require approximately 2-4 hours per month, ability to attend occasional meetings, and preferably availability on the 4th Thursday of the month in the evening. Skills required: good communication and organization, willingness to do legwork. Contacts in renewable energy and/or energy efficiency fields preferred.
  • Marketing & Communications Committee chair and members to support projects and events. Includes review of promotional materials, drafting and/or review of press releases, graphic design, public relations, developing communications and marketing plan development. Positions require 2-4 hours per month, ability to attend monthly meetings (may participate via conference call sometimes). Skills required: communication and organization, web, print and social media proficiency, editing and writing, design and/or other skills as required by projects. Chair position requires leadership skills and ability to plan and oversee execution of marketing projects.
Submit a letter of interest to

Das Haus Pavilion a Success

Sustainability Park Highlighted

In October, over 1500 visitors toured Das Haus as Denver hosted the pavilion at Denver’s Sustainability Park on the 12th and final stop of a North American tour.


Denver Area: Toward Low Cost Solar Water Heaters
Speaker Series and Networking 11/15
Solar water heating means free hot water for many years, yet the up front costs are currently a barrier to widespread adoption of this technology.
Join CRES on November 15th when Jay Burch relates recent progress and plans for the future as this presentation lays out potential pathways to radically reducing the cost of solar water heaters (SWHs) for single-family residential applications. In order to attain significant market penetration, the simple payback must be reduced to 7 years or less.For more information on this presentation, go to

Jay Burch, Ph.D. is senior physicist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with over 30 years experience in the areas of modeling and measurement of thermal systems. His main research area is the reconciliation of thermal simulation models with measurements, for both buildings and solar hot water systems.

He has managed the research in the Solar Heating and Cooling Program since 1995, including the U.S. Department of Energy initiative supporting industry-led development of low-cost polymer-based solar water heaters which can be installed under $3000. This project resulted in market entry of two low-cost solar water heaters. He is now leading a recently-started NREL-industry collaboration for ultra-low-cost solar water heaters, with goal of an installed system cost of under $1000 without rebates, excluding uncontrollable soft costs.

Spotlight Presentation: Denver Energy Challenge
The Denver Energy Challenge is a free energy program provided by the City and County of Denver and is available to help residents and businesses cut energy waste, while saving money and increasing indoor comfort and air quality. Free energy advisors are provided along with access to exclusive rebates and low-cost loans which can also finance solar when you participate.
11/15 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at CRES Office, 3245 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
Cost: Members are FREE; Non-members pay $10
Northern Colorado: Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable EnergyNCRES’ next program is Tuesday, November 13th: Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the Home: ENERGY STAR Mortgages, PowerSaver Loans & Refinancing

How do I pay for this? The financing of home energy efficiency improvements or adding renewable energy systems has been a major challenge to homeowners achieving their goals.  Stephen Ponce-Pore of the Bank of Colorado will demonstrate financing options for making these improvements for existing homeowners, via refinancing, as well as new home mortgages.  Come learn about your options for increasing the comfort and reducing the operating costs of your home.

At the Bank of Colorado, Stephen initiated the development of the Colorado ENERGY STAR Mortgage, which formed a partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office and Colorado ENERGY STAR Homes to provide reduced mortgage rates to homeowners that renovate their homes for energy efficiency and for the buyers of new ENERGY STAR Homes.  He recently led the bank in its successful bid to become the only Colorado based bank to offer the new FHA PowerSaver Loan.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Odell Brewing Company Tasting Room, 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins
Admission: $5.00 for non-members

DUCRES: 24 Hours of Reality and the Role of Renewable EnergyMark your calendars for the next DUCRES general meeting and speaker event on November 14th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM.

David Bowden, a former President of CRES, will speak to DUCRES about how renewable energy projects and policies can help to combat the increasing impacts of global climate change. Mr. Bowden is a passionate renewable energy advocate with a background in Television editing and production including PBS NewsHour. Our November 14th meeting coincides with a 24 hour global webcast from former Vice President Al Gore called 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirtiest Weather Report. The webcast plans to demonstrate how global climate change and extreme weather are affecting our lives and our planet. It seems the timing of this webcast is perfect in light of Hurricane Sandy.
Details: University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in Room 190
CRES Calendar

  • November 13, NCRES, Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the Home: ENERGY STAR Mortgages, PowerSaver Loans & Refinancing, Time: 7 p.m. Location: Odell Brewing Company Tasting Room, 800 E. Lincoln Ave.
  • November 14, DUCRES, Renewable Energy Projects and Policies to Combat Climate Change, with Dave Bowden. Time 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in Room 190
  • November 15 (note special date), CRES Denver Area Speaker Series and Networking Meeting, CRES office at the Habitat for Humanity Building, 3245 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
  • December 4, Colorado Gives Day: 24 hours to Give Where You Live!
  • December 6, CRES Legislative Briefing at the State Capitol, “Colorado Energy and Colorado Water: the Nexus”. More details soon.
  • December 13, CRES Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, CRES office, 3245 Eliot St., Denver. More details soon.
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