Since Colorado receives about 300 days of sun per year, our state provides an excellent platform for solar power.
Solar electric, or photovoltaic, systems convert the renewable energy of the sun into useful electricity.
Benefits of solar
- Easy on the environment: Since solar power does not use fossil fuels, these systems are pollution free.
- Provides customer options when it comes to energy resources
- Solar customers can earn credit for net generation
- Helps meet climate change regulations
- Government incentives can help offset the cost
Expanding our renewable energy portfolio
We are excited to announce the start of two utility-scale solar projects that will significantly increase our amount of renewable energy to power the Pikes Peak Region.
The two projects totaling 95 megawatts will add enough solar energy to power about 30,000 homes annually and increase our solar energy offering to 130 megawatts. Combined with hydro power, our renewable energy portfolio will total about 15 percent of our summer generating capacity when the projects come online.
Palmer Solar Project
We signed a 20-year contract with Colorado-based renewable energy company juwi Inc. (juwi) to supply us with renewable energy from the Palmer Solar Project totaling 60 megawatts.
The approximately 500-acre site selected for this project is part of Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District’s property, located in El Paso County. juwi will be responsible for developing, building and operating the facility planned to come online by December 2020.
Grazing Yak Project
We signed a 25-year contract with NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra), the largest generator of solar and wind power in North America, to supply us with renewable energy from the Grazing Yak Project totaling 35 megawatts.
The approximately 270-acre site selected for this project located south of Calhan, Colo. NextEra will be responsible for developing, building and operating the facility planned to come online in late 2019.
Clear Spring Ranch solar array
Our 10-megawatt solar array built on approximately 156 acres at our Clear Spring Ranch facility is our first solar project that is truly for the benefit of all our customers. The new array powers approximately 3,000 homes annually.
The solar array, built in coordination with NextEra Energy, consists of 42,000 panels.
Check out this overhead video of the array captured on a drone.