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Beneficial Electrification 101: Solar Thermal and Clean Heating Technologies

Laurent Meillon, Owner of Capitol Solar Energy, provides an overview of beneficial electrification, including a review of modern opportunities to get off the gas, the pros and cons of clean heating technologies, and recommendations on the best way to combine them to address your needs. Did you know that solar thermal collectors capture four times more energy per square foot than their more popular PV brothers and that solar thermal pumps consume almost no electricity compared to heat pumps?


Laurent Meillon is the Owner of Capitol Solar Energy, a Colorado specialist in solar thermal technology, design, installation, and maintenance. The company has been fine-tuning its designs to Colorado weather for 40 years. Laurent is a lead author of the Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap. He serves on the Policy Committee of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) and previously served as an elected board member, treasurer, and VP of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA, now COSSA). He serves as an expert witness in PUC dockets that deal with clean heating and electrification and is active with the Legislature and the Polis energy team. Laurent worked for years on what became the clean heating bill HB21-1238 and its sister bill for heat pumps, which the CO PUC will be applying in the starting Demand Side Management Strategic issues docket. A question and answer session followed the presentation.