Solar energy

 Solar energy

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.

In 2018 we took some very big steps to demonstrate our commitment to solar energy and battery storage. We will take our renewable energy mix from 11 percent of our generation to more than 20 percent by 2024 and be able to power more than 75,000 homes annually with solar energy.

Pike Solar Project
In the coming months we will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced in Colorado.

The battery associated with the Pike Solar Project will be used to store cost-efficient solar energy during the day so that it can be used during expensive peak demand periods. It will also provide us with valuable information about improving solar power integration into our system.

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. This project broke ground in May 2019 and is planned to come online in 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.