What we do

Community Awareness and Education

ARE supports and works in partnership with Wyoming Solar Energy Association. To find an installer in your area, visit their website at wyseassociation.com

  • Laramie’s primary utility, Rocky Mountain Power offers Blue Sky Grants for non-residential, non-profit community services.  Learn more about Blue Sky Grants here.
  • The federal Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants and loans for solar for agricultural producers and small businesses. Learn more at about REAP Programs here. 
  • Solar Investment offers a 26% tax credit for 2020 and 22% tax credit for 2021. Learn more here.

Our July 7th, 2020 Webinar on the 26% Solar Tax Credit and Net-Metering is able for listening here. 

Our next webinar on Solar Investment Savings is on August 25th from 5:30-6:30pm register here.

Solutions for reducing Laramie’s carbon emissions have been produced through a joint community-university partnership. ARE has helped to advance and support a 3 year partnership between the City of Laramie and the University of Wyoming’s Spring Campus Sustainability course students led by Professor Rachael Budowle.  

Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy

Wyoming continues to consider changes to our  net metering policy which is what governs the ability for rooftop solar owners to hook their system up to the grid and receive a fair payback for excess energy produced.  ARE will continue to track attempts at legislation to hurt current or future solar owners, and ARE supports policy that encourages the growth of the Wyoming solar industry. Learn more here. 

ARE continues to advocate for updating and modernizing Wyoming’s solar laws to allow for programs like Community Solar which allow community members to purchase a share of a installation to apply to their electricity bill.

As ratepayers of Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Pacificorp, we support our utility’s decision to transition some of it’s electricity producing fleet to renewable energy to provide the lowest cost energy to Wyoming people. To learn more about Pacificorp’s 20 year Integrated Resource Plan, view it here.

Our Partners

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming's Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources has worked hand in hand with the City of Laramie and Alliance for Renewable Energy to create both Laramie's Municipal and Community-Wide baseline inventory through the Spring Sustainability Course.

City of Laramie Wyoming

Laramie's City Manger's Office, City Council, and the Environmental Advisory Committee have committed much time, work and expertise in leading Laramie on a path of sustainability. We thank them for their partnership, collaboration and being a leader in the state of Wyoming.

Other Community Partners

Alliance for Renewable Energy in Laramie is fully affiliated with Powder River Basin Resource Council and operates under the organization's 501c3 non-profit tax exempt status. All donations for ARE are submitted through Powder River Basin Resource Council and earmarked for ARE.