Black Hills Energy concurs PPA for 200MW Colorado solar center

Apr 8, 2021 06:56 PM ET
  • Utility group Black Hills Energy has actually signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar energy business 174 Power Global for its initial large solar power project in Colorado, US
Black Hills Energy concurs PPA for 200MW Colorado solar center
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174 Power Global, the US-based solar advancement arm of South Korean corporation Hanwha, will certainly break ground on the 200MW Turkey Creek Solar center in Pueblo County, Colorado, in 2022, with the project readied to come online in 2023, according to a statement.

It is the first utility-scale solar project, and also biggest renewables project to-date, Black Hills has actually announced, as the utility starts to relocate far from coal-fired energy generation. The firm has actually added three wind farms in the south of the state, with a total 150MW of producing ability, after closing its last coal-fired power center in the state nine years ago. Black Hills' strategy to create the Tukey Creek Solar project was first revealed previously this year.

As part of the agreement, Black Hills will certainly offtake all power produced by the project, which will certainly cause over half of the utility's generation mix in Colorado will originate from eco-friendly energy sources.

Vance Crocker, the utility business's vice president for Colorado, claimed the deal would certainly "guarantee significant price savings" for neighborhood homeowners, while assisting to support the business's strategies to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas discharges from its Colorado generation operations by 2030.

174 Power Global will supervise the project's realisation and also will possess and operate the facility on completion.

The Turkey Creek facility's growth is expected to cost more than US$ 200 million, and produce in between 250 and also 450 jobs throughout the building phase.

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