Colorado Springs, Colorado [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] 3 Phases Energy Services, LLC, SunTechnics Energy Systems, Inc., and Morgan Stanley, will develop, engineer, install and finance a 2-megawatt (MW), ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array at Fort Carson, CO. When completed, the PV project will cover nearly 12 acres at Fort Carson making it the largest solar array at a U.S. Army facility and one of the largest in Colorado, according to the companies.
The ground-mounted solar array will consist of flat-plate, thin-film solar technology provided by First Solar. The solar modules are warranted for 25 years and the plant can be expected to produce energy efficiently for up to 40 years.
The project will generate 3,200 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar power annually and is one of the first major customer-sited projects to emerge from Colorado’s voter-led initiative to make the state a leading user of renewable energy.
Governor Bill Ritter recently led a successful campaign to double the amount of renewable energy in the state’s renewable portfolio standard. By 2020, Colorado will get 20 percent of its power from renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal resources.
“The 2 MW solar project at Fort Carson represents the collaboration of seven major players, each of whom has played a decisive role in making this project a tremendous success,” said Erik Rothenberg, Managing Director at 3 Phases Energy. A California-based developer of renewable energy projects, 3 Phases worked with Fort Carson to assemble the various pieces and partners to make this an economically viable project for the Army.
Xcel Energy will purchase the renewable energy credits (RECs) for 20 years under its Solar*Rewards program, which provides incentives for residential and commercial solar installations. The RECs will support Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard.
Colorado Springs Utilities, which provides services to Fort Carson, will host the system on its grid. Under its power marketing authority, Western Area Power Administration’s Rocky Mountain Region will procure the power from the system on behalf of Fort Carson.