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.