5-MW Colorado solar project will support regional electric co-op
Primergy solar energy completed construction of the Pitkin Solar Project, a 5 MW, 35-acre facility in Pitkin County, Colorado.
The project is located near Woody Creek in the Roaring Fork Valley on land leased from the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District (ACSD). The land was originally purchased by ACSD for its dry farming operations that reused wastewater treatment byproducts. The project’s energy will be sold to Holy Cross Energy, an electrical cooperative serving nearly 45,000 members in western Colorado, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
“The completion of the Pitkin Solar Project is an important step on our journey to 100% clean energy for our members,” said Bryan Hannegan, president and CEO of Holy Cross Energy. “We appreciate Primergy’s efforts to work with Pitkin County to minimize the impact on the local community from building this new source of clean and resilient energy for the upper Roaring Fork Valley.”
Primergy completed the development, oversaw construction and will operate the plant. The project was originally planned to build 18,000 cubic feet of civil work and a 20-foot berm. However, the Primergy team was able to eliminate these elements by using low-touch land management.
Primergy installed the project without leveling the site to minimize environmental impact.
“Primergy Solar was an excellent partner to work with on this project,” said John Keleher, ACSD president. “They have been excellent throughout. Their patience and sensitivity to the land use assessment process has been outstanding. This solar project aligns directly with our goal of protecting the environment. save money in the long run.This renewable energy project helps us directly offset the high amount of power we consume by providing advanced wastewater treatment for our customers.”
The site is located under a flight path near Aspen Airport and next to a popular pedestrian walkway and residential area, which presented unique challenges, including landscaping requirements and concerns about glare.
Approximately 13,700 solar panels have been installed and Primergy has selected innovative solar products to maximize energy production, including two-sided panels and tracking systems. The panels also use a specialized anti-glare product to reduce reflected light for both aircraft flying over and neighbors.
“In Pitkin County, as with all our projects, we want to chart the most responsible path to clean energy to make communities more resilient and sustainable. Our ability to deliver is not based on chance, but on accuracy and an obsessive focus on detail and process,” said Ty Daul, CEO of Primergy. “We are proud of the sustainable partnerships we have created with local community agencies and members here in Aspen and with Holy Cross Energy. When Primergy manages a project, you can rest assured that it will be executed in a timely, accurate and thoughtful manner.”
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