Power projects are hands-on, clean energy projects designed to make a measurable environmental change right here in Northern Colorado, including:

  • Catalyzing clean energy projects with solar installations and solar modeling
  • Evaluating electric vehicle infrastructure and cost structures
  • Generating clean energy awareness through community outreach and education
  • Increasing energy efficiency with advanced energy technologies and assessment

2023 Q1 Projects:

Spark RolePower PartnerProject ElementsFocus AreasOnsite or Hybrid (Virtual & Onsite)LocationHow many months / hours per week?Is this a Paid Position?*†Project Status
Energy Lab AssistantColorado State University / Energy InstituteFeasibility analysis | Data analysis | ResearchElectric vehiclesHybridFort Collins6 months

10 hrs/wk
Yes
Open
Community Solar AssistantFort Collins Habitat for HumanityFeasibility analysis | Data analysis | Outreach & engagement | Presentations & training | Communications | Research | Energy modelingSolarHybridFort Collins3-6 months

TBD hrs/wk
No
Open
Program CoordinatorShe's In PowerCommunications | Event planning / coordination | Marketing & promotions | Business operationsAll areas; we work with many companies & organizations in the sector100% onsiteFort Collins5 months
10-15 hrs/wk
Yes
Open
Research AssociateColorado State University / Energy InstituteData analysis | Energy modelingSolarHybridFort Collins3 months

5 hrs/wk
No
Open
Distributed Energy Storage Analyst City of Fort Collins & Sandbox SolarData collection | Data analysisSolar | Microgrids | Battery StorageHybridFort CollinsFlexible
No
Open
National Solar Tour AssociateAmerican Solar Energy SocietyData entry | Technical support | Outreach and engagement | Communications | Event planning / coordination | Research | Marketing and promotionsSolar | Energy efficiency | Electric vehiclesHybridBoulder10 months

10 hrs/wk or flexible
No
Open
National Solar Conference Associate American Solar Energy SocietyData entry | Technical support | Outreach and engagement | Communications | Event planning / coordination, Research | Marketing & promotionsSolar | Energy efficiency | Electric vehiclesHybridBoulder8 months

10 hrs/wk or flexible
No
Open
Transportation Energy Analyst InternNorthern Colorado Clean CitiesFeasibility analysis | Data entry | Data collection | Data analysis | Technical support | Research | Energy modelingElectric vehicles | Utilities | Vehicle To Grid Technology (Smart technology)HybridFort Collins6 months

15-20 hrs/wk
Yes
Open
Communications InternNorthern Colorado Clean CitiesPresentations & training | Communications | Event planning / coordination | PodcastHydrogen | Bioenergy | Energy efficiency | Electric vehicles | Microgrids | Utilities | Carbon capture | Methane emissions | Hydropower | EV charging | transportation related tech HybridFort Collins12 months
15 hrs/wk
Yes

*Unpaid projects can be used for course credit or degree requirements. You can discuss this option with your university Faculty or Advisor.

† Specific pay information can be provided via email or during interview process; most projects pay an internship level wage.

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Spark will work with graduate students to: perform literature review, assemble models of electric vehicle costs, research novel topics in energy including electrification of tractors, and emissions of hydrogen powered shipping, and more.

Spark will develop educational trainings and materials about solar for Habitat homeowners so that they can have a better understanding of their solar systems.

Spark will work for She’s in Power while going through our program! Assist the Executive Director with: 1. communicating with Sparks, Energizers and Power Partners; 2. conducting outreach to promote our program; 3. assisting with recruiting; 4. communication materials; 5. social media; 6. event planning; 7. fundraising activities; 8. administrative support. You will be exposed to all aspects of running a nonprofit and we can tailor duties to match your interests.

Collect raw solar metrics from a number of weather stations in Fort Collins. Using provided solar production modeling software, you will translate the raw solar metrics into solar power production at approximately 2,500 sites in the city. Produce analyses of the power production data and other data sources to project solar power production, draw maps of “hotspots” of solar power production, and provide equity metrics.

Collaborate with Sandbox Solar and the City of Fort Collins to analyze the performance of the DES project at Northside Aztlan Community Center. Learn how these systems operate and support the energy and cost performance of the facility as well as how the system will integrate with the utility grid infrastructure.

Duties and responsibilities include: Responding timely to all correspondence, attending meetings to take notes and contribute to discussions, promotion of the National Solar Tour through email outreach, research, and direct communication (phone calls). Learn professional communication skills, marketing and engagement skills. Assist with data entry of the events in our website backend. Learn how to use different online applications such as Google Sheets and WordPress. Assist with data organization and learn effective use of tools for organizing large amounts of data. Help create social media graphics, learn graphic design best practices, marketing and social media skills. Contribute to the ASES Online Community and gain experience in networking, developing meaningful connections, and further their renewable energy knowledge.

Duties and responsibilities of this position include: Responding timely to all correspondence, attending meetings to take notes and contribute to discussions, creating social media graphics and flyers for the conference, contributing ideas for events, assisting with our website backend (creating RSVP/attendance forms, etc), carrying out email outreach, assisting with planning conference events onsite and offsite, and help with conference promotion through outreach, student engagement, and social media. Gain professional communication skills, marketing and engagement skills. Learn how to use different online applications such as Google Sheets and WordPress, and how to effectively use tools for organizing large amounts of data. Exposure to graphic design, marketing, engagement, and social media best practices, enhancing renewable energy knowledge.

Receive training and gain experience with; data entry and management; evaluation and analytic skills; ability to prepare and present technical materials to a wide variety of audiences; and excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

  • Analyze 2 fleets
  • Advise fleets to adopt the best carbon reducing technology
  • Produce 2 Energy Audits
  • Provide 2 (1 hour) presentations for each fleet

Responsibilities also can Include:

  • Reviewing charging station bids, answering questions about EVs and EVSE for the 2 fleets advising (with the supervision of a transportation analyst manager)
  • Act as the focal point to coordinate data and technology-related requests for 2 fleets (with the supervision of a transportation analyst manager)
  • Work to promote Fleet audits, advising sessions and coordinate data on successful projects (with the supervision of a communications manager)
  • Share new technology resources for webinars, events, blogs, thought pieces and social media posts. (with the supervision of a transportation analyst manager)

This position requires an understanding of electrification tools and data from the National Clean Cities Program as sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

We are a technology neutral organization that embraces the “messy middle” of carbon reducing technology which could include biofuels, hydrogen, nuclear, and RNG.

Support the development of an organization-wide communication strategy and plan for transfer of information within the organization including developing a podcast that highlights how communities can drive towards clean air by adopting climate solutions. This position is responsible for working with the communications director to film and promote programs and events that the coalition is focused on.

Join a She’s in Power Project team today!

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She’s in Power Projects

Power Projects will kick off in January 2023 with a goal of addressing climate change and igniting the next generation of women in clean energy. At the end of the year, the Power Project team judged to have had the biggest impact takes home the coveted Hypatia Cup.*

* Hypatia was the world’s leading mathematician and astronomer of her time (4th and 5th century Egypt) and one of the earliest known women to study and teach math. Her peerless innovation is the inspiration for the Hypatia Cup.

Past Power Projects:

Project NameProject StatusPower PartnerProject ElementsEstimated Project LengthLevel of Difficulty# of SparksEnergizer Needed?
Green Building Analysis
Completed
Brendle GroupData analysis | Technical support | Feasibility analysis3-4 months1-2No
Freezer Consolidation
Completed
Rocky Mountain Raptor ProgramTechnical support | Feasibility analysis2-3 months1-2No
Fort Collins Solar Co-op
Completed
Solar United NeighborsData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagement6 months2-5No
City of Fort Collins’ Multifamily Building Energy Challenge
Completed
Institute for the Built EnvironmentData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagement6 months2-5No
Crowd-funded Solar Demonstration Project
Completed
Solar United NeighborsData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagement3-4 months1-2No
Bike Parking Shelter Solar PV
Completed
Colorado State UniversityTechnical support2-3 months1-2No
College Avenue Parking Garage Solar
Completed
Colorado State UniversityTechnical support | Feasibility analysis2-3 months1-2No
Meridian Village Solar PV
Completed
Colorado State UniversityTechnical support2-3 months1-2No
Solar PV Canopies in Parking Lots
Completed
Colorado State UniversityTechnical support | Feasibility analysis2-3 months1-2No
PV Solar Modeling & Analysis
Completed
City of Fort Collins UtilitiesData analysis
Technical support
2-3 months1-2No
C-PACE Toolkit
Completed
Downtown Development AuthorityOutreach and engagement2-3 months2-3No
Energy Party
Completed
TBDOutreach and engagement8-10 weeks2-3No
Lightbulb Swap Event
Completed
TBDOutreach and engagement8-10 weeks2-3No
On-site Commercial Energy Audit
Completed
TBDData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagement6-8 weeks2-5No
Custom Project
Completed
TBDTBDTBDVariableNo
Fort Collins EV Charging Stations
Completed
Northern Colorado Clean CitiesTechnical support | Feasibility analysisMay to Aug 2021 (Summer semester)1-2No
Educational PV and Gardening Initiative
Completed
Sandbox SolarOutreach and engagementMay 2021 to May 20221-2No
Northern Colorado Solar Tour
Completed
American Solar Energy SocietyOutreach and engagementMay to Aug (Summer semester)1-2No
Affordable Housing and Solar Energy
Completed
Habitat for HumanityData analysis | Technical support | FeasibilitySummer 20211-2No
Clean Energy Challenge
Completed
City of Fort Collins FacilitiesData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagementMay to Aug 2021 (Summer semester)1No
Solar Energy Marketing Plan
Completed
Solaris EnergyMarketing | Outreach and engagementAug to Dec 2021 (Fall)1No
Renewable Energy Resiliency
Completed
CSU FacilitiesData analysis | Technical support | Outreach and engagementAug to Dec 2021 (Fall)1No
Self-Sustained Container Home
Completed
Institute for the Built Environment (CSU)Data analysis | Technical support | FeasibilityMay to Dec 2021 (summer/fall)1No

Help Brendle Group, a local engineering and planning consulting firm, continue to lead the way in sustainable building design. The green team at Brendle Group, referred to as CaOS for Community and Organizational Sustainability, has identified several potential energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities in their headquarters building that they could use your help with. Potential projects to consider include a whole-building circulation fan, solar PV panel repair and replacement, and LED lighting replacements. Sparks and Energizers will work with members of the CaOS team and receive technical support and guidance to conduct feasibility analysis of the potential projects and develop a detailed implementation plan with priority recommendations. Key tasks involved in this project include:

  • Review of past building improvements
  • Conduct analysis of potential projects, including but not limited to:
    • Capital investment requirements
    • Potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions
    • Estimated energy and cost savings
  • Prioritize potential projects based on analysis and develop key recommendations
  • Develop a detailed implementation plan for the key recommendations

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program has multiple freezers that house food for rehabilitation patients and educational ambassadors that vary in age and condition. Sparks and Energizers will assess the energy use of these appliances through data logging and use the collected data to develop three energy savings recommendations:

  1. Immediate no cost option: All freezers will be ranked by energy performance and estimated cost to operate. This data will be used to develop a prioritization strategy to allow older and more inefficient units to be shut down first when not all freezers are needed.
  2. Short-term, low-cost option: Each freezer will also be analyzed for replacement with a high efficiency unit of similar size. This analysis will include equipment recommendations, applicable rebates, energy and cost savings, and simple payback of the equipment upgrade. The team will identify any units that should be immediately replaced based on potential energy and cost savings.
  3. Long term, ideal solution: The sparks and energizers also will present the most energy efficient option for food storage, which we expect to be a high efficiency walk-in freezer. This recommendation will include specifications for recommended equipment, expected equipment and installation costs, and anticipated energy and cost savings. This portion of the report will be used for long range facility planning.

Solar United Neighbors, a fellow Innovate Fort Collins Challenge recipient, is launching a solar co-op in the Fort Collins community. Help bring homeowners together into a group, or solar co-op, and provide unbiased, installer-neutral support to solar co-op participants through each stage of the process of going solar. Sparks with an experienced team will support Solar United Neighbors through:

  1. Planning, preparing, and promoting an informational session(s) in the community
  2. Recruiting community members by developing and implementing a communications campaign
  3. Receiving training and practice of solar roof review
  4. Shadowing an installation and more!

For more information about Solar United Neighbors and the Fort Collins Solar Co-op, visit: www.solarunitedneighbors.org/fortcollins.

Starting in 2020, the City of Fort Collins will begin requiring multifamily properties to do energy benchmarking. Ahead of this requirement, the Fort Collins Utilities is hosting a Multifamily Benchmarking Energy Challenge. The challenge calls on property manager and owners to benchmark with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. By entering and sharing energy and water data, participants will unlock opportunities to improve building performance and increase tenant satisfaction and will be eligible for awards for performance and innovation that can set their buildings apart from the crowd.

To make this challenge a success, Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment need volunteers to support building owners and managers. Volunteering will help you build technical skills, network, and help Fort Collins achieve its climate action goals! Opportunities to get involved are listed below.

  1. Data Support: Learn about energy data and develop relationships with property owners. In this role, you will assist individual challenge participants with gathering and entering data into ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Gain hands-on experience with Portfolio Manager and energy data management while building capacity in property managers.
  2. Benchmarking “Jams”: Learn about energy data and build connections with others in the energy field. Throughout the challenge, “jams” will bring together participants, largely property managers, to input data and learn together. In this role, you will provide technical support during jams, gaining better understanding of the real-world challenges faced by residential property managers in tracking and understanding their energy data, and in using Portfolio Manager®. If you have deep expertise in using Portfolio Manager for residential properties, you may also wish to lead technical trainings, offered in addition to jams.
  3. Tenant Engagement: Act as a catalyst in your community and meet your neighbors. This role entails educating tenants about the importance of energy conservation. It offers a valuable opportunity to better understand environmental behavioral change because you will work with your neighbors to address their barriers and embrace their incentives to changing energy behavior. If you recruit your own property into the challenge, your engagement of tenants could help your property win.

Help address the energy needs of our mobile lifestyles by tapping into the power of the sun! Solar United Neighbors is interested in pursuing a crowd-funded small-scale solar system demonstration project in the Fort Collins community. Sparks and Energizers, with technical support and guidance, will develop and implement a demonstration project by:

  1. Researching small-scale solar projects and technologies and identifying which are appropriate for the Fort Collins community.
  2. Finding potential demonstration sites and evaluating their potential solar.
  3. Developing a proposal and plan documenting the research, demonstration sites, analysis and evaluation, and recommendations for future implementation of the selected demonstration project.

Colorado State University Facilities Management is looking to install new covered bike parking on campus this summer that will include solar PV panels. Sparks and Energizers will work with Facilities Management staff to determine the potential impact of implementing a campus-wide policy of installing solar on all new covered bike parking. The analysis will include potential solar capacity, incremental construction costs, and any available incentives or rebates.

Colorado State University Facilities Management is looking to install additional solar PV on campus. Specifically, a new parking garage on campus was built using renewable ready construction principles and is a priority site for additional solar PV installation. Sparks and Energizers will work with Facilities Management staff to complete a feasibility analysis of installing solar PV on this site. This analysis will include the size of solar PV system that can be installed on the garage ramp, the power generation potential, and estimated installation costs.

Colorado State University Facilities Management is looking to install additional solar PV on campus. There is a new large housing project being installed near the Canvas stadium that is in schematic design phase. Through this project, Sparks and Energizers will analyze the incremental cost between solar ready construction and installing the solar PV panels during construction as well as the potential energy generation of the PV system. This analysis will be used by the project team to inform decision making during project design.

Colorado State University Facilities Management is looking to install additional solar PV on campus. Based on data provided by Facilities Management staff, Sparks and Energizers will investigate the feasibility of installing solar canopies in select parking lots on campus. This includes estimated cost, energy production, and other infrastructure considerations. The outcomes of this investigation will be used by a technical team to inform preliminary project conversations.

Fort Collins Utilities has identified a need for PV solar data analytics to enhance understanding of residential PV solar generation in the Fort Collins community. A database of residential PV system characteristics is being updated, which can provide input metrics for detailed system modeling. Colorado State University’s (CSU) Energy Institute has developed a flexible PV model (CSU-PVLib) that can provide estimates of generation patterns for individual customer installations at a granular level (15- minute metering increments). PV system output from the model can also be combined with measured net load/generation data to estimate premise electricity use. As a Spark, you will work with the Project Team to support aggregating generation and usage estimates to provide insights regarding PV generation operations across the distribution network, supporting future City of Fort Collins Utilities planning efforts. The Project Team which includes John Phelan (Energy Services Senior Manager – Fort Collins Utilities), Leland Keller (Energy Services Engineer – Fort Collins Utilities), and John Bleem (Research Associate – CSU Energy Institute).

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has a new toolkit to help member businesses navigate the process for financing clean energy projects through the Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) mechanism. Approved in Larimer County in 2018, C-PACE is a long-term financing mechanism for eligible commercial property owners to finance up to 100% of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation eligible improvements. Business owners looking to implement eligible improvements benefit through decreased energy costs, increased building cash flow, and 3rd-party vetted technical and financial projections. Sparks and Energizers will help increase adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the downtown Fort Collins area through the use of the toolkit. They will conduct business walks, plan and host informational sessions for businesses, and support digital (website, email, etc.) outreach. The goal of the outreach is to engage at least one downtown business in C-PACE and/or an energy efficiency or renewable energy project in 2019.

Plan and host an energy party in your home and/or neighborhood. What is an energy party? An energy party is a free opportunity for you, your friends, and your neighbors to connect with each other and learn about energy efficiency and the City of Fort Collins’ climate goals, cost savings and rebate opportunities, and other ways you can contribute to reducing your energy use. Sparks and Energizers will receive support and best practices on content, messaging, and outreach from C3E. You can also choose to partner with other relevant local organizations to exhibit during the party to provide additional information for your neighbors. Key tasks involved in planning an energy party:

  • Identify target neighborhoods and potential participants
  • Plan the logistics of the party, including but not limited to:
    • Location(s)
    • Date/time
    • Agenda
    • Additional programming
    • Food/beverage
    • Supplemental materials and information
  • Recruit experts to engage with participants on your chosen topics
  • Host the energy party
  • Advertise the energy party through social media, door-to-door outreach, flyers, email etc.

Plan and host one or multiple events encouraging residents to properly discard old, inefficient lightbulbs and receive new, efficient LEDs with a pledge to install the bulbs in their homes. Provide information about the benefits of LEDs over old, inefficient lightbulbs. Sparks and Energizers will receive support and best practices for event planning and potential partner outreach by C3E. Key tasks involved in planning the event, include:

  • Pursue a project partner to support disposal of old, inefficient lightbulbs and donate LEDs
  • Plan the logistics of the event, including but not limited to:
    • Location(s)
    • Date/time
    • Additional programming
    • Food/beverage
    • Supplemental materials and information
  • Advertise the event through social media, door-to-door outreach, flyers, email etc.
  • Determine how to properly dispose of old, inefficient lightbulbs

Help businesses determine how much energy and money they could save by conducting an on-site energy audit of commercial buildings. Audits include utility bill analysis, on-site survey of energy using systems and equipment, and identify energy-saving opportunities. Sparks and Energizers will receive technical support, training, and supervision to conduct an on-site audit and outreach to find interested businesses by C3E. Additional technical resources will be made available, such as audit calculators and reports, to assist in identifying potential opportunities and cost savings. Teams will need to provide the business with a final report of findings, priority recommendations, and resources, such as eligible Efficiency Works rebates.

Key tasks involved in this project include:

  • Outreach to local businesses
  • Technical training for conducting an on-site energy audit
  • Conduct at least one on-site audit
  • Prepare and submit a final audit report with recommendations to participating business(es)

Have your own clean energy project in mind? Already working on clean energy-related research? As a Spark, receive technical support and guidance from an Energizer and an additional clean energy expert to jumpstart or bolster your efforts and ideas. In order to select a Custom Project as your Power Project, Colorado C3E requires additional approvals and supplemental materials. Please be prepared to answer and speak to the following:

  • Project name
  • Detailed project description
  • List the name, relevant affiliations, and role of the each of the individuals on the project team (if applicable)
  • Is the project funded? If so, who are the funders and how much is the project funded?
  • What are the anticipated project outcomes and metrics?
  • What is the timeline for completion of the project?
  • What additional resources do you require to successfully execute your project?
  • What are the risks and barriers to project implementation and success?
  • How will She’s in Power benefit your project?

Modeling EV charging costs for specific sites considering installing EVSE (level II and level III (DCFC)) using local utility rate structures and other site characteristics and Integrating Evs into solar projects and building analysis.

Education, connection and outreach are the top priorities. Work with Sandbox to re-establish relationships with local schools (K-12) in Larimer and Weld counties to build their educational gardening program. Ideally this project will lead to agrivoltaic/solar integration at the school’s educational gardens.

Organize a local Solar Tour aimed at increasing awareness and educating the public about solar. The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation. The Tour is about neighbors talking to each other about solar, recommendations on installers, financing, local laws or issues they may want to learn form their neighbors, and with out added virtual tours, an even broader solar network.

Investigate the high cost of solar and its benefits to the Habitat for Humanity cost structure. Gather homeowner feedback and testimonials.

Establish North Aztlan Community Center as a resilience hub during community emergencies. This project involves resilency, PV solar, and battery storage

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Resiliency feasibility and technical support.

The project is to design a prototype of a self- sustained tiny home prototype that will be built in the structure of a shipping container. The goal is to create a modular configuration that could be marketed for emergency housing for natural disaster recovery efforts as well as other potential applications such as temporary housing for wellness villages at rural hospitals, back-yard accessory dwelling units for seniors (“granny-flats”) and other potential applications

Get involved today

Power Projects will engage teams made up of Sparks (mentees), Energizers (mentors) and community partners. Get involved and help build a brighter, more sustainable world.

Be a Power Partner and implement a Power Project at your Northern Colorado organization and/or home.
Be an Energizer and provide meaningful mentorship for those new to the clean energy field while implementing a Power Project.
Be a Spark and build your clean energy resume with hands-on Power Project experience under the guidance of an expert mentor.