Since Colorado receives about 300 days of sun per year, our state provides an excellent platform for solar power. We continue supporting resources and technology to ensure clean energy is both reliable and sustainable.
Expanding our renewable energy portfolio
To better serve our customers in the future, we are thinking differently, becoming more creative and embracing new technologies. By 2024:
- our renewable energy mix will be more than 20 percent;
- more than 100,000 homes annually will be powered by solar energy; and
- we will have more than 264 megawatts of solar power in our generation portfolio.
Pike Solar + Battery Project
In the coming months we will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system. This project is expected to come online in 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced in Colorado.
The battery associated with this project will be used to store cost-efficient solar energy during the day so that it can be used during expensive peak demand periods and at night. It will also provide us with valuable information about improving solar power integration into our system.
Grazing Yak Solar Project
In November 2019, the Grazing Yak Solar Project was brought online. Consisting of more than 119,000 panels across 278 acres near Calhan, Colo., this project provides 35 megawatts of electricity to our customers. This is enough power for approximately 13,000 homes per year.
View this project from the air in this video.
Palmer Solar Project
In April 2020, the Palmer Solar Project, our largest solar project to date, was brought online. Containing more than 220,000 panels on about 700 acres southeast of Colorado Springs, Palmer Solar provides 60 megawatts of electricity to our customers, enough to power about 22,000 homes annually.
View this project in this video.
Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array
Commissioned in 2016, this array was the first utility-scale solar project that benefits all our customers. This 10-megawatt solar array consists of 42,000 panels and produces enough electricity to power approximately 3,000 homes annually.
Check out this overhead video of the array captured on a drone.