On Visit, Hears from Local Officials on Maximizing Geothermal Resources to Benefit Region
Pagosa Springs, CO -Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, today visited the site for the Geothermal Greenhouse in Pagosa Springs with members of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP). During the visit, Bennet discussed their vision for harnessing the local resource to produce food for the community.
"The geothermal hot springs are the lifeblood of Pagosa Springs," Bennet said. "This project is a perfect example of how Coloradans are using smart, common sense solutions to help our state meet its economic goals and provide for the community. The Geothermal Greenhouse in Pagosa Springs should serve as a source of local pride and economic opportunity."
The geothermal hot springs have a major economic impact on the community as a source of clean energy and as an attraction for tourists, helping to bolster the local economy. Since 1982, government buildings have been heated with the geothermal resource. Once completed, the greenhouse project will utilize the geothermal waters in the area to heat five facilities to produce vegetables, herbs and fruit for sale to local restaurants and individuals. The GGP is made up of town and county leaders, locals businesses and non-profit groups.