Xcel Changes Energy Landscape, Propels Colorado Forward
Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s leading electric and natural gas companies, is doing its part to make Colorado one of the most eco-friendly states nationwide. Granted 170 megawatts by Colorado Public Utilities Commission in late 2013, Xcel announced earlier this year that it would partner with Community Energy Solar LLC for 120 megawatts of the allotment. According to the Denver Business Journal, that 120-megawatt solar plant is estimated to be established by mid-2016, take up 900 acres, and service approximately 31,000 average-sized households. Once completed, the farm would be the largest solar power farm east of the Rockies, according to a press release from Community Energy Solar LLC. But that’s not all. In a joint press release from Xcel Energy, and its new partner SunPower Corp. on May 27th, the pair have “signed a power purchase agreement to build a 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.” Dependent on permits, this farm would be established by the end of 2016, span 320 acres, and service around 13,500 homes.This deal fulfills Xcel’s 170-megawatt grant in the state of Colorado. Between these two deals, Xcel is well on its way to becoming one of Colorado’s leading green-energy providers. Along with the farms that Xcel has already established throughout Colorado, customers will be able to purchase the solar energy that is generated by these panels to electrify their homes. With opportunities to ‘go green’ arising every day, there is no reason that you should wait to make your home as sustainable as possible. At Golden Solar, our team of experts can help you understand the growing world of clean energy and offer panel design advice and installation. Contact Golden Solar for your free, on-site consultation today!