Here Comes the Sun
KAFM has become the Grand Valley's first solar-powered radio station.
During the week of April 6, 2008, the switch was thrown -- and, as fast as an electron, KAFM's dream to become the first solar-powered radio station in the Grand Valley became a reality.
Now that the new solar power system has been installed, KAFM has begun to produce the 5,370 kilowatt hours of electricity it is expected to garner annually.
This will be enough electricity to power the station's broadcast studio, and will also provide the juice for KAFM's monthly Radio Room concerts.
If you've driven by the station at 1310 Ute Avenue, you've seen the 20 180-watt panels now lining the top perimeter of the building. These panels will shave significant dollars off of KAFM's power bills, and represent the station's commitment to steward its resources in an intelligent, sustainable and responsible way.
KAFM's solar power system would not have been possible without the generous dedication of High Noon Solar, the local company that designed and installed the system. High Noon Solar specializes in residential and commercial solar installation in Western Colorado, and can be reached at 970-241-0209.