Lightsource bp establishing an additional 300-MW solar project in Colorado

Oct 27, 2021 05:42 PM ET
  • Lightsource bp is establishing a brand-new 298-MW solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado, the firm's 2nd project in the city.

Lightsource bp will certainly finance, develop, possess and run the facility and also provide the solar power it produces to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase contract. Construction of the project is expected to begin before completion of 2021.

" Lightsource bp is continuing to expand our financial investment in Colorado's tidy power future," said Kevin Smith, CEO, Lightsource bp, Americas. "As lasting members of the Pueblo community, we are delighted this project will certainly even more contribute to the neighborhood jobs ecosystem and tax base while supplying cost-efficient renewable resource for decades ahead."

The Sun Mountain Solar farm will produce 300 jobs throughout building, to be filled up mostly by regional labor.

" Xcel Energy is thrilled to be collaborating with Lightsource bp on an additional significant solar project in Pueblo that adds even more renewable resource to our system, while likewise developing jobs in the neighborhood," stated Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy, Colorado. "This partnership is a win for Pueblo as well as for the State of Colorado as well as demonstrates our commitment to the communities as we lead the energy shift. We will certainly continue to discover new and innovative projects that profit our customers."

The Sun Mountain power acquisition arrangement complements Xcel Energy's broader Colorado Energy Plan to supply 55% renewable energy to the grid and also reduce carbon exhausts 60% by 2026. It also supports Colorado's tidy energy goal to decrease emissions statewide 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, as well as 90% by 2050-- developing cleaner and healthier neighborhoods across Colorado while contributing to neighborhood economies.

" The Sun Mountain Solar farm shows yet again thoughtful partnerships that continue to deliver on jobs as well as clean infrastructure in Southern Colorado," said Will Toor, executive supervisor of the Colorado Energy Office. "Our state boasts 300 days of sunlight annually and I'm delighted to see the local partnership occurring to catch our state's great natural deposits. These as well as other recent projects within the region are significant efforts to fulfill state's ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals, all while producing cleaner and much healthier neighborhoods-- and also adding to the regional economic climate."

Bighorn Solar, Lightsource bp's initial Pueblo project powering the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill, provides an extra 300 MW of solar-generated electrical energy to Xcel Energy. In total, both projects will certainly add $48 million in real estate tax settlements to Pueblo over their lifespan.

At both the Sun Mountain as well as Bighorn solar farms, Lightsource bp is setting up as well as conserving in total over 3,000 acres of shortgrass grassy field, producing habitat for wild animals while boosting the websites' capacity to sequester carbon.

" I am thrilled that Lightsource bp is once again partnering with Xcel Energy on the Sun Mountain Solar area in Pueblo," claimed Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar. "The building jobs will significantly profit Pueblo and the bordering area, as well as the end item will certainly help in reducing our carbon impact. Pueblo is swiftly ending up being the renewable energy facility of Colorado as well as Lightsource bp is just one of the reasons that."

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