SERC has forged partnerships with multiple private entities and public institutions—many with expertise in the key areas of energy research, development and production.
Colorado Governor’s Energy Office
This office funded a feasibility study regarding our proposed installation of a wood pellet heating plant in Leadville that would heat Lake County High School, Lake County Middle School, and the Lake County Aquatic Center.
Colorado Mountain College
Mike Simon, CEO of the CMC-Timberline campus in Leadville, has expressed interest in collaborating with SERC, particularly in the college’s Forest Technology, Environmental Remediation and Renewable Energy programs.
Colorado School of Mines
A number of researchers and professors at Colorado School of Mines have conducted collaborative research with SERC in the areas of biomass pellets, activated carbon, bio-chars and bio-fuels.
Colorado State Office of Economic Development and International Trade
OEDIT was a key partner in funding the original SERC feasibility study.
Forest Energy Colorado
For nearly two decades, Forest Energy Colorado has been a leading company in the production of wood pellets. Most notably, the company is collaborating with the USFS in managing a ten-year US Forest Stewardship forest restoration contract in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Forest Energy Colorado will bring a depth of expertise and experience to the SERC wood pellet production facility near Leadville.
Mr. Persichetti is President of Horizon Technologies and Lecturer at Colorado School of Mines. He has participated in guiding SERC through multiple feasibility studies and has developed the SERC’s economic model and Business Plan. The Horizon Technologies Web site can be found at www.htess.com.
Lake County Government
Lake County Government participated with SERC in successfully applying for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The County continues to provide administrative support in executing the grant.
This organization, comprised of multiple key government and quasi-governmental organizations in Leadville and Lake County, supported our successful USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant by providing a $10,000 cost share.
United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development
The USDA has provided multiple rounds of funding, including for the original SERC feasibility study, our business planning process, and our marketing and research plans.