Platte River, PSEG Solar, juwi commission 36-MW solar project in Colorado

PSEG Solar Source, Platte River Power Authority and juwi on Sept. 29 joined to dedicate the PSEG Rawhide Flats Solar Center in Colorado.

The 36.3 MW-dc (30 MW-ac) facility is located 25 miles north of Fort Collins, Colorado. The project has also been known in the past as the Larimer solar energy project.

The Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG) affiliate purchased the solar project from juwi earlier this year. The project represents a $54m investment and has a 25-year contract with the Platte River Power Authority.

The PSEG Rawhide Flats Solar Center was built on a 190-acre site leased from the power authority at the Rawhide Energy Station and will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,000 Colorado homes.

juwi developed the project and served as its engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The facility will use approximately 117,000 polycrystalline panels.

The Rawhide Flats facility has been in startup mode for the past week and should shortly begin commercial operations.  Once it begins commercial operations, PSEG Solar Source will have 15 facilities in service in 11 states with a total capacity of 215 MWs. It has two facilities, totaling 100 MWs, in construction which it expects to have in service within the next two months.

“We’re pleased to partner with Platte River Power Authority to bring emission-free energy to its customers and in helping Colorado achieve its renewable energy goals,” said Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source. “By investing in solar projects like this one, we at PSEG are doing our part to lay the foundation for a clean, green and economically vibrant energy future for everyone.”

“This facility is a significant step in the continued diversification of our generation portfolio,” said Jason Frisbie, Platte River general manager and CEO. “It reduces the risk of depending on any single source of fuel and increases our renewable resources.”

PSEG Solar Source has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Platte River, a wholesale generation and transmission provider.

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