These Northern Colorado Businesses Are Renewable Energy Champions

This spring, a number of local Northern Colorado businesses pledged their support for climate action by signing a letter encouraging their local utility, Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), to retire its coal power plant and switch to renewable energy. These businesses are doing what they can to support their local community in fighting the climate crisis. Now, it’s our turn to support them through these difficult times. Keep scrolling to see how you can safely order and pick up cool products while supporting clean-energy friendly businesses in Fort Collins and Longmont!

Support These Clean Energy Champion Businesses in Fort Collins

Sandbox Solar
“It's extremely important that Northern Colorado becomes a leader in renewable energy in order to stabilize our economy, create local jobs, and create a healthier environment for all of us.”—Ian Skor, Co-Founder, Sandbox Solar

Sandbox Solar is considered an essential business and is open! Not only is the company a local small business helping Northern Colorado move to a greener future, but it also conducts clean energy research at Colorado State University: “We do research at CSU, so profits of our company go straight into further developing advances in renewable energy.” You can check out their research work here.

The co-founders of Sunbox Solar

 Sandbox Solar Co-Founders: Andrew Lyle (left) and Ian Skor (right)

From the business: “Our sales team takes virtual consultations. Our install team works at a distance on the roof to ensure minimal contact with the customer. Our team always is courteous of each person's comfort levels and accommodates to every situation. We are lucky to be considered an essential business.”

You can find Sandbox Solar at 430 N. College Ave. Ste 435, Fort Collins, CO 80524 or on social media: 
Instagram: @sandboxsolar
Facebook: @sandboxsolar

I d’Eclair! Pastry
"As a local small business owner, I am always thinking about my community. As PRPA is planning for the future, they should think about the communities they serve. Our communities have made it clear that we are ready for a 100 percent renewable energy future, and we are asking PRPA to help get us there."—Elizabeth Meyers, Owner, I d’Eclair! Pastry
  Elizabeth Meyers, Chef and Owner of I d’Eclair! Pastry, stands above a sheet of dough with rolling pin in hand.

Elizabeth Meyers, Chef and Owner of I d’Eclair! Pastry

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than I d’Eclair! Pastry.  

From the business: “We are open and happy to arrange special orders for curbside pickup. Please contact us through the email contact form on our website ( or by calling/texting 970-556-3910. You can also order a variety of our pastries through Colorado Rootz Market (, a new virtual farmers market in Fort Collins.”

Follow I d’Eclair! Pastry on social media: 
Facebook: @I d'Eclair! Pastry
Instagram: @ideclairpastry

Happy Lucky’s Teahouse
"Kari and I are big believers that renewable energy is the future for our environment and the economy. We installed solar panels on our house in April 2020 as our personal first step.” —George Grossman, Co-Owner, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

Kari Grady Grossman and George Grossman, Owners of Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, stand together with their arms out in front of shelves of tea
Kari Grady Grossman and George Grossman, Owners of Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

From the business: “We encourage tea lovers to order online at There’s free shipping on orders over $40. We also have a local Fort Collins delivery service Monday through Saturday. If you want to pick up in-store, our Old Town location is also open Monday through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Our Front Range Village location remains temporarily closed.”

You can visit Happy Lucky’s Teahouse at their historic Old Town location at 236 Walnut St., Fort Collins, CO 80524 or on social media:
Facebook: @HappyLuckysTeahouse
Instagram: @happyluckysteahouse

Support These Clean Energy Champion Businesses in Longmont

Wispy Greens
“The future of our children, and children’s children, is most important to us, and moving towards a healthy planet for them is our top priority. By growing hydroponically indoors we use less water, by being hyperlocal we reduce carbon emissions (from the large amounts that current food distribution emits), and by delivering our greens in reusable containers we are reducing packaging waste. We donate all leftover greens to charity and any greens not eaten are composted. At Wispy Greens, our mission is to provide ecofriendly access to fresh organic superfoods that promote healthy living.”—Alicia Beeson, Business Manager, Wispy Greens

  Alicia Beeson (front), Business Manager, Oaken Beeson (back), Owner and Master Grower, stand in front of their hydroponic greens-growing operation.

Alicia Beeson (front), Business Manager, Oaken Beeson (back), Owner and Master Grower, Wispy Greens

From the business: “We are in full operation! We are a subscription-based, waste-free, delivery business, and we take orders on our website, We do not have a storefront. As an urban farm that seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of the food industry by being hyperlocal, we grow in our ‘Green Room’ and harvest and deliver to the doorstep of our customers, local residents. The waste-free delivery service has been our business model even pre-COVID, for sustainable and convenience purposes. Since the pandemic hit, this service has proven to be even more essential.”

Follow Wispy Greens on social media:
Facebook: @wispygreens
Instagram: @wispygreens

Cheese Importers Warehouse
“When I think about a future that has been built on renewable energies filled with healthy and happy people I am given all the energy I need to do what is right, now, this moment, needed to make that future happen.”—Samm White, Owner, Cheese Importers Warehouse

The staff of Cheese Importers Warehouse stands in front of the mint-green doors of their store.

The team at Cheese Importers Warehouse.

From the business: “Our store is open to the public and we have implemented safe operating practices based on all of the federal and state guidelines. We have knowledgeable staff on site to help guide customers through the hundreds of cheese choices we have available, as well as our many specialty products. We can take orders over the phone, Internet, or via email, and deliver them curbside to a vehicle if a party does not want to come in and shop. Our wholesale operation is still supplying to restaurants and retailers that are still operating, but our restaurant is closed for the foreseeable future.”

You can visit the Cheese Importers Warehouse at 103 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-9599, at, or on social media:

Facebook: @CheeseImporters
Instagram: @CheeseImportersCO

Colorado Aromatics
“We love using herbs from our certified naturally grown farm in our skin care products. We want to play a part in educating consumers on the restorative benefits of herbs and of the importance of sustainable agriculture.”—Cindy Jones, Owner, Colorado Aromatics

Cindy Jones, Owner, Colorado Aromatics, holds a lush bunch of lavender and smiles.  
 Cindy Jones, Owner, Colorado Aromatics

From the business: “At Colorado Aromatics Cultivated Skin Care we are currently taking online orders and allowing front door pickups. You can choose the pickup option on our website or call our store. We are keeping irregular hours now, due to scheduling and farm work, so if you want to come to the store we recommend calling first. We have not decided yet whether we will open our farm up for tours this summer.”

You can visit Colorado Aromatics at 340 Lashley Street, Longmont, CO 80504, 303-651-2062, at, or on social media:
Facebook: @ColoradoAromatics
Instagram: @ColoradoAromatics
Twitter: @COAromatics

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