Editor:

I am writing to ask community members to join Holy Cross Energy and show their support of the proposed Pitkin County solar array. The project will be reviewed by the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission next Tuesday, July 16, at 5 p.m.

Not only will the project help us further reduce our environmental impact, but it will also provide a consistent, cost-effective source of power for years to come. Bringing solar power to Pitkin County is a symbol for our community, one that demonstrates our desire to increase access to locally-generated renewable energy and that we take clean energy seriously.

In addition, the Pitkin County solar project could not be more ideally located. The site owned by the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District is within half a mile of a Holy Cross Energy distribution line and close to some of our largest energy consumers.

Because the parcel was previously a biosolids disposal site under the flight path to the Aspen-Pitkin County airport, the project also puts disturbed land to an environmentally beneficial use. The site imposes minimal wildlife impacts and meets the environmental criteria for solar facilities.

If this project is not approved, it is unlikely we would be able to bring local utility-scale solar to Pitkin County in the future. We need the support of our members living in Pitkin County to encourage approval of this project.

You can visit HolyCross.com/Pitkin-County-Solar/ to find ways to support the project. Please also consider attending the P&Z Meeting, Tuesday, July 16, at 5 p.m.

Bryan Hannegan

Glenwood Springs