German Firm Juwi To Build 90 MW Of Solar Energy Projects In Colorado

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The German renewable energy firm Juwi is now working to build 3 new utility-scale solar energy projects in the US state of Colorado, according to recent reports.

The 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in question — being developed through the company’s US-based subsidiary — will possess a total combined nameplate generation capacity of right around 90 megawatts (MW).

Out of the 3 projects, 2 are already now well under construction, and the third will begin construction sometime later in 2016. The two that are now under construction are expected to be commissioned before the end of the year. The German firm will be taking care of EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and O&M (operation and maintenance) for these two projects.

Of the 3 projects, the biggest will be the 37.8 MW PSEG San Isabel Solar Energy Center project — to be located in Las Animas County, in southern Colorado. That project has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The project will feature 120,000 solar PV modules when completed.

PSEG Solar Source has acquired the 37.8 MW facility from Juwi — with an investment totaling more than $60 million.

The President of PSEG Solar Source, Diana Drysdale, commented: “Over the last few months, we have substantially increased our portfolio of cost-effective, community based solar solutions and brought the benefits of renewable energy to communities across the country.”

The other 2 projects are: the 36.3 MW PSEG Larimer Solar Energy Center project, a bit north of Fort Collins; and the 15.9 MW Victory Solar project, in Adams County near Denver. A 25-year PPA has been secured with Platte River Power Authority for the former; and an unspecified long-term PPA has been secured with Intermountain Rural Electric Association for the latter.

The COO for Juwi, Stephan Hansen, commented: “We have a proven international track record in developing, constructing and operating utility-scale solar parks. In the US, Juwi has realized large-scale PV projects in thirteen states. Juwi is very well positioned to further participate in the flourishing US-solar market.”

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