CSU-Pueblo Installs 1-MW Solar System

Colorado State University (CSU) at Pueblo will be the home of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a capacity of more than 1 megawatt (MW), which, according to CSU, is one of the largest solar systems for an education facility in the United States. Being built under an agreement with Black Hills Energy and BP Solar, the system is estimated to contribute more than 10 percent of the University’s electricity needs. Installation of the ground-based solar array began in July with full operation scheduled for late this fall.

The University will purchase the electricity generated by the solar array from BP Solar, who will install and operate the system. Black Hills Energy will purchase the solar on-site renewable energy credits generated by the system from BP Solar.

“In short, this project will help control the University’s utility costs as prices and usage increase, promote the use of sustainable resources, help satisfy Black Hills Energy’s state mandates, and allow BP Solar to bring a major solar project to Southern Colorado,” said Joseph Garcia, CSU-Pueblo’s president.

Garcia added that the new system supports Governor Ritter’s New Energy Economy to make Colorado a hub for solar energy and supports Black Hills Energy’s effort to bring more solar energy to Colorado. As part of its Solar Rebate Program, Black Hills Energy will provide a US $200,000 upfront rebate incentive for the installation of the system. The program helps Black Hills Energy meet Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires that five percent of Black Hills Energy’s electricity sales be generated from renewable sources.

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