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Unique partnership brings net-zero affordable housing to Basalt, Colorado

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Lining homes with solar panels is not usually what comes to mind when creating affordable housing projects in rural mountain communities. Yet, designing homes that produce their own power is a way to keep utility bills down to almost zero.

Now, a collaboration in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley is creating the first net-zero affordable housing project in the state.

The idea is catching on. Telluride, Breckenridge, Carbondale, and Summit County are all working on similar programs.

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This story is part of a collaboration between the Solutions Journalism Network and Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporters highlighting affordable housing solutions across the Mountain West.

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