Renewable Energy Leadership – Green Rafting Company

Wilderness Aware Rafting Goes Green With Renewable Solar and Wind Power

Wilderness Aware Goes Green in 2008In May of 2008, Wilderness Aware installed a state of the art wind and solar power system at our 17 acre Colorado Headquarters. We are Colorado’s first rafting company to incorporate renewable energy into its power grid!

Our large property and Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine and windy off-rafting season weather are a perfect fit for this ambitious project.

We have installed the infrastructure to eventually supply 100% of our energy needs using renewable energy. We buried $7,000 worth of wire consisting of four sets of 200 amp wire from our renewable energy pad to a “Net Meter” located on the main power line to our building. The net meter allows us to consume the energy we produce, take power from the grid when we don’t make enough, and sell power back into the grid when we make more than we can use.

Our initial pilot project is up and running now and producing 400 to 800 kilowatts per month, enough power to supply a small home (about 20% of our annual energy needs currently). The details of that system are spelled out Here.

In order to get our initial system up and running, we took advantage of the 30% federal tax credit and $5,000 in interest free loans from Sangre de Cristo Electric, our local coop. We have plans to install another solar panel in 2009 using a $3 per watt grant from our coop in addition to the federal tax credits that were extended in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

The eventual goal is to generate 100% of our power. How much power is that? In 2007, prior to installing our system, we used about 34,000 kilowatts of power, most of it in the summer time due to heavy refrigeration use and computer use. We anticipate generating about 7,000 kilowatts of our own power in 2008. With another solar panel installed in 2009, we should increase our generation up to at least 30% of our total needs. We hope to add more generation each year until we are independent. We thank you, our customers, for making this project possible. We are proud to be contributing our small part to American energy independence.

— Joe and Sue Greiner and the Entire Staff of Wilderness Aware

For answers to technical questions about our renewable energy system, Click Here.


Renewable Energy Ribbon Cutting 2008
Sue, Ben, Ethan, and Joe Greiner
shown with renewable energy contractors.
Solar Array
View of single solar panel array.
We installed a second array in 2009.
Solar, Wind and New Green Bus
View of our new green bus, solar array
and wind generator.
Solar Array and Wind Generator
View of solar array and wind generator.

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What Our Guests Say:

The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.

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