Colorado Energy Cooperative Reveals Plan for 100-MW Solar Farm
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will build a 100-MW solar project near Trinidad, Colo., that will meet the energy needs of 28,000 rural homes. The 660-acre project includes more than 300,000 photovoltaic solar panels set on single-axis tracking arrays to follow the sun. The Spanish Peaks Solar Project is Tri-State’s second utility-scale solar energy project in partnership with juwi, the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based renewable energy company juwi AG. The project is adjacent to the 30-MW San Isabel Solar Project in Las Animas County. Also developed by juwi, it began producing power in 2016. Tri-State, a wholesale power supplier owned by 43 association-member electric cooperatives and public-power districts, will purchase the entire output of the Spanish Peaks project over a 15-year term. Work is expected to begin in 2022 and will support 150 jobs at peak construction. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2023.