In Southern Colorado, Solar Barn Raising Revives Communal Tradition

Jan 11, 2019

In sunny southwest Colorado, the potential for solar energy looks inviting to homeowners interested in realizing long-term savings. But that investment comes with a large cost: installation. Hiring a crew can double initial expenses and diminish the overall return for prospective solar energy users. One Durango-based group wants to improve solar accessibility by eliminating that cost. KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel reports from the roof of a Cortez home filled with 21st-century barn raisers. He filed this report at part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting project.

Four volunteers hoist up a panel before passing it along to two more volunteers on the roof.
Credit Daniel Rayzel/KSJD

This story is part of Western Slope Resources Reporting, a collaboration between KDNK, KSJD and three other community radio stations. It provides in-depth coverage of how people and organizations are finding creative and positive ways to overcome natural resource-related challenges in the region.