Colorado Solar Facility Begins Generating 3.6 MW
SunEdison has announced that the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant in Alamosa, Colorado, one of the nation's largest solar-electric plants, has begun generating power. The company says that the plant began operating at 44 percent of its capacity, producing about 3.6 megawatts (MW) direct current (DC) on August 31, 2007. The project broke ground in April 2007.
The solar plant is expected to be completed by December 31, 2007. It will produce 8.22 MW DC, enough energy to power 1,500 homes. In addition, the system will reduce yearly carbon emissions in an amount equal to 2,840 automobiles driving 12,500 miles annually.
The energy produced by the facility is being purchased by Xcel Energy and will help that utility meet provisions of Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard, which requires large utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020. Xcel Energy will also buy the renewable energy credits generated by the plant.
SunEdison, based in Beltsville, Maryland, is building and financing the Alamosa plant and will maintain it as well. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory rates the San Luis Valley, home to Alamosa, as having the best solar power conditions in Colorado.
Source: September 11 Denver Post article
To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Colorado, see:
- Colorado news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the Colorado Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- Colorado publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.