Today's Aspen Daily News shared the admirable achievement of Snowmass Village-based Senator Gail Schwartz.
According to the staff report, The Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association
honored Sen. Schwartz with its lifetime achievement award this week during its annual conference in Broomfield.
COSEIA Executive Director Eddie Stern credited Schwartz with working to grow the state's solar energy industry since she first took office in 2007. In that time, she has sponsored more that 30 pro-solar bills.
"She is a tireless advocate on behalf of Colorado and renewable resources, and has helped create thousands of Colorado clean tech jobs," Stern said in a press release.
Schwartz will step down from her state Senate seat at the end of the year due to term limits.
Stern said he looks "forward to her continued efforts to help us in reaching Colorado's million solar roofs goal," which aims to provide 3 gigawatts of solar energy in Colorado by 2030. Currently, Colorado has nearly 300 megawatts of solar thermal and solar electric systems installed on more than 10,000 homes and businesses, according to COSEIA.
Schwartz said the state has "come a long way in the past decade" in terms of broadening its solar portfolio.
"But the work we have done for renewables and the clean tech industries is not only the foundation of a strong solar industry in the long term," Schwartz said in the press release. "A future Colorado energy environment should take into account local generation, technology, diversity, clean energy jobs, and climate change. We need to keep the progress going."