Colorado Springs Utilities said Aug. 17 that itis nearing completion of its 10-MW Clear Spring Ranch solar project and that it would give an Aug. 18 media tour to show off the facility.
This project is a first-of-its-kind for Colorado Springs Utilities in that it is the first solar array that is truly for the benefit of all of its customers. It will feature a 10-MW, single-axis solar array to be built on Colorado Springs Utilities’ Clear Spring Ranch campus, located on about 156 acres south of the city. This project will be about twice as large as the Air Force Academy solar array in northern Colorado Springs.
After only a few months of construction, all of the 7,500 piers have been driven into the ground and work to install the more than 42,000 solar panels has just begun. The array is expect to come online this fall.
The array will help diversify the community’s energy supply and provide long-term compliance with the 10% renewable energy requirement in the Colorado Renewable Energy Standard. It also moves Colorado Springs Utilities significantly closer to its own Energy Vision, which requires 20% of total electric energy be produced through renewable sources by 2020.