Commercial, Solar - September 12, 2023
Colorado Counties to Add Solar Garden
A solar garden designed to generate 9.64 million kWh annually in solar electricity for Steamboat Springs, Craig, Hayden, Yampa, Routt and Moffat counties in Colorado is scheduled to be completed in October.
The Yampa Valley Regional Solar Garden is a 4-megawatt AC solar array spanning 20 acres to provide solar-generated electricity. Ameresco, Inc., a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, worked on the regional solar energy project in partnership with communities surrounding the City of Craig, Colorado, and Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA).
The project includes bifacial solar panels and single-axis tracker racking that follow the sun's trajectory throughout the day. After it is integrated into YVEA’s distribution system, the array is designed to produce approximately 9.64 million kilowatt-hours annually.
"Yampa Valley Electric Association is proud to be part of this landmark project that will create locally-generated electricity for our communities,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of YVEA, in a statement. “This initiative perfectly aligns with our mission to provide reliable and sustainable energy solutions to our stakeholders."
The clean energy generated from the project is designed to mitigate nearly 130,321 metric tons of carbon dioxide over 20 years of operation.