Denver, Colorado [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Xcel Energy is soliciting bids for a photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant to produce about 13,700-megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. When complete, it could supply power for as many as 1,800 homes. The company anticipates construction will begin in 2006 and be completed by the end of 2007.“This facility will put the San Luis Valley on the map for solar power production and will also add significantly to the region’s economy,” said Pat Vincent, president and CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. “This PV plant combined with Xcel Energy’s Solar Rebate program will help bring us closer to meeting the state’s Renewable Energy Standard.” This project and the rebates being offered for on-site solar installations will be paid for out of funds approved by the voters when they passed Amendment 37. The PV facility will benefit Colorado by using the sun to generate electricity for homes and businesses. It will produce no air emissions and use no water on site. The announcement coincides with the company’s solicitation of request for proposals for bidders to build, own and operate the plant.