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Colorado Solar Facility Begins Generating 3.6 MW
September 11, 2007
SunEdison has announced that the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant in Alamosa, Colorado, one of the nation's largest solar-electric plants, has begun generating power. The company says that the plant began operating at 44 percent of its capacity, producing about 3.6 megawatts (MW) direct current (DC) on August 31, 2007. The project broke ground in April 2007.
The solar plant is expected to be completed by December 31, 2007. It will produce 8.22 MW DC, enough energy to power 1,500 homes. In addition, the system will reduce yearly carbon emissions in an amount equal to 2,840 automobiles driving 12,500 miles annually.
The energy produced by the facility is being purchased by Xcel Energy and will help that utility meet provisions of Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard, which requires large utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020. Xcel Energy will also buy the renewable energy credits generated by the plant.
SunEdison, based in Beltsville, Maryland, is building and financing the Alamosa plant and will maintain it as well. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory rates the San Luis Valley, home to Alamosa, as having the best solar power conditions in Colorado.
For more information, see the SunEdison September 10 press release (PDF 21 KB). Download Adobe Reader.
Source: September 11 Denver Post article
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