The National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL), originally known as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), was created during the Carter administration 40 years ago. Its location close to the City of Golden has allowed Jefferson County to become a national center of innovation and business creation in the area of renewable energy.
The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is marking this milestone on July 12th at the Jefferson Unitarian Church with a presentation by Denis Hayes, SERI’s second director and a co-founder of Earth Day.
His talk is titled, “How NREL Won the Long Game for Clean Power.” You can reserve your free seat at NREL40.eventbrite.com. Your reservation is not required but helps to plan for food, and any donations are appreciated.
Hayes and other remarkable scientists and engineers will share what motivated their research in solar power and other fossil fuel alternatives when oil was king, and how they weathered hostility from earlier administrations. The future of NREL in the Trump administration will no doubt be discussed. Stay for a networking reception with food and drinks after the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, the JUC Green Task Force and New Energy Colorado/Golden Earth Days.
Jefferson Unitarian Church is at 14350 W. 32nd Ave., west of the 32nd & Youngfield exit of I-70. The event begins at 7 pm.