Another massive solar farm will be built near Pueblo, Colorado. Plans for the 298-megawatt solar farm were announced this week by Xcel Energy and Lightsource bp.
It will be the second in the city for Lightsource bp which will sell the power to Xcel and represents a cumulative half billion-dollar private investment in the state’s clean power infrastructure. Construction is expected to begin late this year.
The Sun Mountain Solar farm will abate 404,080 tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking over 87,000 cars off the road each year. Additionally, the project will create 300 jobs during construction, to be filled mainly by locals.
Lightsource bp was also behind the Bighorn Solar, Pueblo’s first major 300 MW solar project that powers the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill. Both projects will take up more than 3,000 acres of shortgrass prairie.
Lightsource bp was rebranded from Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2018 and is considered to be Europe’s largest solar developer and the third largest in the world outside of China.
Nick Gradisar, mayor of Pueblo said he was thrilled over the partnership and the end product will help reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
“Pueblo is quickly becoming the renewable energy center of Colorado and Lightsource bp is one of the reasons why.”
Source: Business Wire