SunEdison Activates PV Plant for Xcel

SunEdison announced that the 8.22-megawatt Alamosa, Colo., photovoltaic (PV) solar plant was activated today, ahead of its scheduled completion date. According to the company it is the largest solar PV plant in the United States supporting substation loads for a major public utility.

The plant was financed, built and will be maintained by SunEdison, as agreed to in a Solar Power Services Agreement (SPSA). Under the SPSA, Xcel Energy will buy renewable energy credits and the electricity generated by the Alamosa plant for 20 years.

“This is a unique facility — three types of solar technologies have been deployed in parallel. Performance monitoring will allow us to study the system’s performance and evaluate the relative benefits of each technology over the system’s expected 20-year lifespan,” said Karen Hyde, vice president of resource planning and acquisition at Xcel Energy.

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