Q & A with the Summit County News

Eco Depot: Versed in solar and wind

Business facts

Name of business: Eco Depot USA LLC

Owners: Keri Brown, Curtis Scheib, Michael Brown

Location: P.O Box 773, Salida, CO 81201 Website: www.ecodepotusa.com Phone number: (719) 539-6000

Date business opened: May 2006


Q: What type of business do you operate — what do you sell, or what service do you provide?

A: Eco Depot USA is a renewable energy company that provides education, design, sales and installation of solar and wind energy systems. These systems include solar electric, solar thermal for domestic hot water and radiant heat and small wind powered systems. (2.5Kw to 100Kw)

Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County?

A: Our main office in based in Chaffee County, but we have been working in Summit County for over eight years providing renewable energy and sustainable building options. Due to its abundant sunshine, Summit County is a great area for renewable energy for both commercial and residential applications.

Q: What experience do you have in this field?

A: We have been living with solar energy since 1988 and have been installing systems since the late 90s. We built the first straw bale, passive and active solar home in Blue River in the 90s and have been on the cutting edge of sustainable construction techniques for over 12 years. We have installed solar electric systems for over 15 years as Eco Builders and we are Xcel and COSEIA preferred installers.

Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?

A: As a company, we believe in education and providing people with the right knowledge to make wise decisions. We have extensive knowledge with both new construction and retrofitting homes with renewable energy systems. As dealers, we offer the most competitive pricing; as teachers we can provide an array of education and knowledge to share; and as consumers, we have direct experience living and using renewable energy to offset our consumption. We can also carry or finance most utility company rebates.

Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County?

A: We hope to reach everyone that is tired of escalating utility bills and propane prices. Our customer base includes individuals and businesses that believe solar energy and wind energy is the right choice for the future. The majority of our customers are educated and aware of their environmental impact. They want to provide energy security for themselves and support a future generation that is fossil-fuel independent. We also wish to work to with communities on community wind and solar projects, where feasible, and with local school districts to help reduce their utility bills.

Q: Why did you choose to open where you did?

A: We are enthusiastic outdoor orientated folks and the Arkansas river valley was a natural fit. We work within a 200 mile radius of Salida. This demographic includes Summit, Chaffee, Saguache, Park, Lake and Eagle counties.

Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?

A: Our goal is to make Eco Depot USA the mountain region’s largest renewable energy company. Currently we teach renewable energy classes locally but plan to branch out state wide. We are also currently setting up to “franchise” Eco Depot USA and provide installers with a supportive network and co-op pricing.

 

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