Solar Thermal Roadmap
Laurent Meillon, Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado, Co-Founder
The newly-released Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap, conceived of by the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado, is a strategic plan to make Colorado a global leader in solar thermal development. Adoption, installation, manufacturing, and research & development of solar thermal technologies could boost Colorado’s economy, generate jobs, and help build a sustainable energy future. Solar thermal technologies are promising alternatives to environmentally hazardous fossil fuel-burning heating sources.
Colorado is strategically poised to seize national leadership in the solar thermal industry—and the vast economic benefits that come with it. Due to Colorado’s dramatic daily temperature swings, abundant sunshine, cold groundwater, and annual heating loads, solar thermal heating technologies perform better in Colorado than in any other state according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Florida Solar Energy Center.
Laurent Meillon presented on the Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap, the economic and environmental benefits of this technology, and the path forward for solar thermal development.