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LPEA Renewable Energy Generation meeting set for Feb. 1

Members of the new Southwest Solar Industry Association (SSIA) will be the featured presenters at the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Renewable Energy Generation meeting set for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9-10 a.m.

The meeting, to be held in the multipurpose room at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters (45 Stewart Street), Durango, is a continuation of the cooperative’s Free Information Series.

“We’re happy to provide this free forum for the SSIA,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services, noting the organization was formed late last year by four of the region’s solar installers: Living Solar, Shaw Solar, Solar Today and Tomorrow, and SolarWorks. “We encourage anyone interested in learning about the solar industry and more about installing solar at their home or commercial building to attend the meeting.”

At its core, SSIA, a trade association, was organized to educate the community and promote the local solar industry. SSIA is also researching the economic impact of the industry.

“The idea behind the group was to advance our shared interests,” said John Shaw of Shaw Solar. “Most of the installers already know each other, and there is always a friendly competition — but when it comes to promoting solar locally, or responding to a policy issue, we can usually come to a consensus quickly.”

Reservations for the Renewable Energy Generation meeting are not required, but appreciated, as refreshments will be served. For further information on the event, or to R.S.V.P., contact Sue Maxwell at (970) 382-7170 or

LPEA’s Free Information Series is designed to provide interested community members with current information on key topics in the electric energy industry. To learn about future events, sign up for convenient e-mail alerts via Constant Contact at

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