Alamosa, Colorado [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The solar energy services company SunEdison has announced that the Alamosa Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant in Colorado began generating 44 percent of its capacity, about 3.6 megawatts (MW) at the end of August for the utility Xcel Energy. The first phase of the project broke ground in April 2007 and should be completed by the end of this year.According to the company, when complete the plant will produce 8.22 MW, enough clean energy to power 1,500 homes. In addition, the company says the system will reduce yearly carbon emissions equal to 2,840 automobiles driving 12,500 miles annually.
“The Alamosa solar facility is expected to play an important role in Colorado’s renewable energy mix,” said Karen Hyde, Xcel Energy vice president of resource planning and acquisition. “The energy produced by the facility will help Xcel Energy meet provisions of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires large utilities to generate 20 percent of its power through renewable energy sources by 2020.”
SunEdison is building, financing and will maintain the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant. Xcel Energy will buy the solar power generated by the Alamosa plant as well as the renewable energy credits.