A million solar roofs for Colorado

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Colorado is one of the states leading the effort in using renewable energy, officials say as one of the sunniest states in the nation it makes sense for us to look into solar.

Thursday afternoon at the Career Center off North Avenue, Environment Colorado, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), and solar business leaders kicked off the state's million solar roofs campaign.

"Not only because of the environmental benefits, but for the economic benefits. It's really a cost saving kind of investment and in the long term it's really going to secure our energy future around here and the state, and nationally," says Lindsey Wilson, with Environment Colorado.

Organizers are aiming to have the equivalent of a million solar roofs by 2030. Their effort may help the job market grow. There are already 266 solar energy companies in Colorado, employing 3,600 people.

Solar power is unique in that it is a clean, energy source that in the long run may help reduce the need to build more power plants in the future.

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