Gallery: Colorado’s State Capitol is the First and Only LEED Certified ...

From the top level of the gold-leafed dome, you can just make out the 10Kw solar panel array on the roof below. These SMA Solar Power Inverters convert that energy to the building's electrical grid. This is a relatively small array but is as symbolic as it is practical.

The state has successfully saved 30% of their energy demand a year or $1.3 million annually, enough savings to fund the retrofits outright. As upgrading existing buildings becomes a paramount duty to lower our energy usage, our government can become essential in leading the way by showing the value of this endeavor. Luckily old buildings like the Colorado State Capitol are actually more energy efficient than most modern buildings and only need TLC and some creative thinking to make them high performance spaces. The next project is to install a $4.6 million dollar geo-source heat pump for the complex that will guarantee great savings for another generation.


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