The Sopris Sun
A local team has kicked off the design phase of an innovative geothermal demonstration project in Carbondale, with test drilling likely to begin in early November.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave the official go-ahead to the Carbondale Community Geothermal Coalition to begin work on the project this month. A $716,000 DOE grant will fund feasibility, modeling, design and planning of a large-scale system to heat and cool a 16-acre section of Carbondale comprising a mix of institutional and residential buildings.
The project’s origins go back to a conference held in 2018 at the Third Street Center, where internationally recognized architect Ed Mazria presented the concept of “zero-energy districts” that eliminate fossil fuel use and emissions not just in individual buildings but at a neighborhood — or district — scale. This approach can support Carbondale’s efforts to meet countywide clean energy and emissions goals set by Garfield Clean Energy, which the town adopted earlier this year.