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Local New in Brief, April 22

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Sunsense Solar celebrates Earth Day in honor of a friend

In Carbondale, Sunsense Solar will celebrate Earth Day today by continuing its tradition of installing photovoltaic panels for a Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley home in honor of Andy Lietz. Before his death six years ago, Lietz was a friend and cohort of Sunsense. He is remembered as an excellent salesman and a champion of solar in the Roaring Fork Valley. As a Habitat board member, Lietz also led the charge for solar Habitat homes throughout the valley and as far beyond as Silt and Rifle. Sunsense has since completed 25 systems in this effort.

Today, the latest project and the last of 12 to be installed at Basalt Vista Housing Partnership will take place. According to a release from Sunsense, it is a particularly special event not only because it is the final home in the ground-breaking project, but also the carrying on of a tradition in honor of Lietz after missing last year due to COVID-19.