Currently Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) our member-owned and locally controlled rural cooperative sends $42 million dollars out of the county to purchase energy. DCED supports DMEA's efforts to purchase local renewable energy. If we achieve 50% of our energy coming from local renewable sources we will keep $21 million dollars within our counties generating local economic development. Delta County has significant opportunities to generate power locally particularly related to solar, hydro and coal mine methane.
This year DCED partnered with Paonia based Solar Energy International and local solar installer, Empowered Energy Systems to conduct a countywide program "Solarize Delta County", putting solar on residential and business rooftops. In December 2016, Delta County opted in to the Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) program. C-PACE uses the existing public-sector structures of improvement and assessment districts to create a voluntary statewide district, called the New Energy Improvement District (NEID), for funding various energy and water improvements. If counties choose to opt-in to the NEID, then commercial property owners in those territories will be able to access a valuable new tool that will improve access to financing in Colorado.