SE Wins "Engineering Company of the Year" for the Second Year in a Row 

Samuel Engineering, Inc. has been selected as the 2016 Rocky Mountain Engineering Company of the Year at the 4th Annual Oil & Gas Awards.

Samuel Engineering was selected from a wide range of other engineering companies.  Here are the judges comments:

"Fantastic example of industry advocacy and commitment to operational excellence. Their expertise is based upon the solid foundation of industry experience and consistency of their team typified by their extensive reference letters and case studies."

"A comprehensive analysis of expertise for the engineering firm of the year from Samuel Engineering. They go above and beyond for their clients and their staff." 

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SE Wins "Engineering Company of the Year"

Samuel Engineering, Inc. has been selected as the 2015 Rocky Mountain Engineering Company of the Year at this year's Oil & Gas Awards. 

Samuel Engineering was selected from a wide range of other engineering companies.  Here are the judges comments:

"Exemplary combination of quality engineering services, an established employee culture and community involvement."

"A company that get's it.  Samuel delivers a best in class product while remembering that people - both the client and their own employees - are what is important."

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Originally posted on 2/20/15 by the Denver Business Journal:

Engineering firms share their favorite projects

 BY SAM KLOMHAUS,, 303-803-9235, @SamKlomhaus

 Photo taken by Kathleen Lavine, Business Journal

Company Name: Samuel Engineering, Inc.
Project Leader: Carston Hannen
Location: Commerce City

In 2010, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act was signed into law in Colorado.  The law required Colorado public utilities to cut down their emissions.  For Xcel-Energy, that meant an overhaul of its Cherokee coal-fired power plant.

Josh Maida, manager of project development for Samuel Engineering, Inc., which worked on the project, said helping bring the plant within the bounds of the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act was one of the most fulfilling jobs the firm did recently.

By handling both the engineering and construction, Samuel worked on all aspects of the project, which allowed the firm "to utilize all of our engineering disciplines," said Maida.

For Maida, the biggest challenge was complying with the extensive regulations that come with working with a public utility such as Xcel. "There are a lot of standards, rightly so, that they have to live up to," he said.

Maida said he was just glad Samuel was able to provide solutions to Xcel's problems.

Despite the large scale, the project was completed on time and on budget, Maida said.

"We didn't want to cause any rate increases," joked Maida.

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Originally posted on 1/22/15 by the Post Independent:

Silt water plant goes 100 percent solar

 BY HEATHER MCGREGOR, Clean Energy Economy News

 Photo taken by Kelley Cox, Garfield Clean Energy

Under a sunny blue sky at midday Thursday, Silt Mayor Rick Aluise cut the ribbon for a new solar array at the town's water treatment plant.

The 756 solar panels mounted on seven rows of steel racks will produce 234 kilowatts to supply 100 percent of the plant's electricity needs on an annual basis.

"It's the fruit of a long process," said Aluise, "and guite a partnership between private enterprise, the town government and Garfield Clean Energy.  It's an example of how alternative energy is very beneficial."

"This is a win-win-win for everybody," said Katharine Rushton, project manager for Sunsense Solar, the Carbondale installation company that planned and built the array.

Nine months earlier, Aluise and a team of Silt town staff attended a workshop in Rifle hosted by Garfield Clean Energy.  It was aimed at informing local governments in western Garfield County about how to get big solar energy systems installed with minimal up-front costs.

Silt leaders acted on the opportunity, working with Sunsense to secure renewable energy credits from Xcel Energy.  The project financing was arranged by Sunforce Solutions International of San Francisco, and the array is owned by Samuel Engineering of Greenwood Village.

"We are delighted to help the town achieve lower energy costs," said Philipp Herzog, CEO of Sunforce Solutions.

"We are now the official owner," said DJ Alemayehu, director of strategic ventures for Samuel Engineering.  "We own several other power generation assets, and we understand these systems.  We hope to do more projects in this area."

Next up for the partners will be an array almost twice as big as Silt's to power a water treatment plant for Battlement Mesa, followed by another array at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

Scott Ely, owner of Sunsense, said the Silt project also involved three local subcontractors along with his crew of solar installers.

"We were able to utilize a lot of local labor.  Solar energy is creating local jobs and keeping dollars here in the Colorado River Valley," Ely said.

The Silt array is already powering 85 percent of the water plant's electric needs, even during these short January days, said Mike Ogburn, energy engineer for CLEER, which manages Garfield Clean Energy.

The daytime production of energy is more than enough to handle brief spikes in energy use when the plant's heavy-duty pumps cycle on, Ogburn said.  That will avoid a costly demand charge on the plant's electric bill, saving hundred of dollars, he said. 

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