The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) put $1.29 million toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the Roaring Fork Valley last year in the form of grants and rebates, according to its annual impact report, which was released in March.

The nonprofit agency, funded in part by carbon mitigation fees paid by developers, is celebrating 25 years of reducing energy consumption, championing innovative building practices and investing in sustainable energy.

CORE’s accomplishments in 2018 include a robust grant program that has awarded $750,000 for energy efficiency and clean energy, leveraging an investment of $13 million in projects across the Roaring Fork Valley. Grants awarded include projects like Basalt Vista Affordable Housing, the first-ever net-zero neighborhood, and solar

photovoltaic (PV) on Snowmass Village Town Hall. An additional $540,000 was provided to residential and commercial property owners through a rebate program. This past year roughly 289 energy projects were completed and over 370 homes received a home energy assessment. The home energy assessment, one of CORE’s flagship programs, is valued at over $600 and available to residents year-round for a $100 cost. Local solar production is on the rise with renewable energy project applications increasing three-fold in the last five years.

Last year’s projects avoided a total of 3,140 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of planting 51,921 trees, according to a press release.

CORE’s impact report includes a map illustrated by Carbondale-based artist, Sarah Uhl.

Learn more and view the impact report at CORE’s website,