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UPDATE - Juwi to install 500 MW of solar farms in Colorado for Tri-State

Solar farm. Author: Juwi Renewable Energies Limited.

January 24 (Renewables Now) - The US arm of German renewable energy projects developer Juwi AG will build 500 MW of solar parks in Colorado for wholesale electricity supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.

Juwi Inc said today it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for four projects of 400 MW in total, which it will have to complete by the end of 2023. These are the Axial Basin Solar, Coyote Gulch Solar, Dolores Canyon Solar and Spanish Peaks II Solar parks. Roughly a year ago it also secured the first 100-MW phase of Spanish Peaks.

The projects are part of Tri-State’ Responsible Energy Plan announced earlier in January, under which the company will grow its renewables portfolio, cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by closing coal-fired power plants, and provide more flexibility for self-generation with members. Tri-State has a list of eight wind and solar projects with which it will reach a 50% renewables share in the energy consumed within the cooperative family by 2024. Details are available in the table.

Name Capacity in MW State Contract with Service territory of
Escalante Solar 200 New Mexico Turning Point Energy Continental Divide Electric Cooperative
Axial Basin Solar 145 Colorado Juwi White River Electric Association
Niyol Wind 200 Colorado NextEra Energy Resources Highline Electric Association
Spanish Peaks Solar 100 Colorado Juwi San Isabel Electric Association
Spanish Peaks II Solar 40 Colorado Juwi San Isabel Electric Association
Coyote Gulch Solar 120 Colorado Juwi La Plata Electric Association
Dolores Canyon Solar 110 Colorado Juwi Empire Electric Association
Crossing Trails Wind 104 Colorado EDP Renewables K.C. Electric Association

Tri-State will surpass 2 GW of renewable capacity by 2024 on its 3-GWp system with 800 MW of solar, 671 MW of wind and 600 MW of hydropower plants. At the same time, it will close its coal plants, eliminating 100% of its GHGs from coal in New Mexico by end-2020 and in Colorado by 2030.

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