FortZED (Zero Energy District) is a partnership between local government, academia and industry with the goal of turning downtown Fort Collins and the Colorado State University campus into a net zero energy community by investing in conservation, efficiency, renewable energy and smart technologies. Strategies to achieve net zero include retrofitting buildings to reduce use, increasing local renewable generation and updating antiquated infrastructure with smart grid technology. Fort Zed received a $6.3 million grant from US DOE and $5 million matching funds from local business and philanthropy as well as a state grant of $778,000, plus $2 million in local matching funds. The installation of technologies to help integrate renewable energy into the grid is complete, and efforts to engage residents around home energy efficiency are underway.
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