Bank joins in project to install solar array on Fruita home

Alpine Bank joined with GRID Alternatives Colorado to install a rooftop solar array on the home of a low-income family in Fruita.

“We have adopted an environmental policy  that commits us to improving our environmental performance through conservation and sustainable practices,” said Clay Tufly, regional president of Alpine Bank. “Teaming up with GRID goes hand in hand with our mission.”

Carolee Hawkins, regional marketing director for Alpine Bank, said the Fruita project resulted in a number of benefits.

“We are so pleased to partner with this green initiative,” Hawkins said. “The installation is estimated to provide more than $20,000 in direct financial savings for the family, add to Colorado’s renewable energy goals and offset carbon emissions to the equivalent of planting 3,000 trees.”

Alpine Bank is a financial and community supporter of GRID Alternatives Colorado, a nonprofit organization that provides solar power for low-income families across the United States while providing volunteers and job trainees with solar installation experience.

“The goal is to bring together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for these families while providing energy cost savings, hands-on experience and a source of clean, local energy,” Hawkins said.

Alpine Bank recently was honored as one of Colorado’s Top 50 Greenest Companies in a listing compiled for ColoradoBiz magazine.

Alpine Bank remains the only financial services company in the United States that’s earned certification for meeting international standards for environmental management. Alpine Bank first earned the International Standards Organization (IS0) 14001 designation in 2006 and has been recertified twice since then. The bank has implemented a system to conserve resources and reduce environmental effects that covers everything from recycling to energy efficiency to environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank operates 37 locations across Colorado and employs more than 500 people.