1.2-MW Solar System at CSU-Pueblo Goes Live

Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU), BP Solar and Black Hills Energy opened a new solar power system that will provide more than 10 percent of CSU-Pueblo’s future power needs.

The 1.2-megawatt (MW) solar power system, one of the largest at an educational institution in the U.S., will help the university control utility costs as prices and usage increase over time. The solar array covers 4.3 acres with more than 6,800 photovoltaic panels, and is capable of generating approximately 1,800 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

“This project is an excellent example of how the New Energy Economy leverages private and public partnerships in developing clean energy projects. Most importantly, it will help the university control its long-term energy costs and direct those funds back into the classroom,” said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

BP Solar installed and will operate and maintain the system, selling the electricity to the university. Project funding was provided by BP Solar and supplemented by Black Hills Energy, CSU-Pueblo’s local electric utility company, as part of its solar rebate program.

Black Hills Energy will also purchase the renewable energy credits (RECs) created by the project from BP Solar. The system, which RenewableEnergyWorld.com first reported on last year, was constructed on the east side of the Pueblo campus near the university’s physical plant complex and softball fields.

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