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.
Colorado Energy Cooperative Reveals Plan for 100-MW Solar Farm
January 23, 2019