Economy/Politics

New law raises the roof on solar

SB21-261 removes the former limit on total capacity of roof-top solar. The limit, now gone, was 120% of the power consumed by occupants of that building. More important, the bill authorized a new concept called virtual net-metering to customers of Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy. This will allow a company to do business in one location and own solar panels elsewhere.

What to expect in the franchise sector

With employment on the rise, many franchise systems will hire employees to meet the pent-up demand from consumers who are ready to venture out to their favorite restaurants and retail venues again despite stricter mandates. Here are two predictions of trends in the franchise industry that will continue through 2021 and beyond.

Steel deal showcases Pueblo’s solar prowess

The mill will produce the 200-meter ribbons of rail preferred by railroads. That decision wasn’t a given. Other states, especially those with abundant low-priced hydroelectricity, made a hard run. How Pueblo won says much about the evolving nature of the economy of Pueblo and that of Colorado. Prominent is the solar farm, the largest east of the Rocky Mountains when the deal was announced. It will provide about 90% of the electricity for the mill.