Solar power in Colorado
Solar power in Colorado has grown rapidly, partly because of one of the most favorable net metering laws in the country, with no limit on the number of users. The state was the first in the nation to establish a Renewable Portfolio Standard for its electric utilities.
Colorado consumers typically obtain varying amounts of solar power from rooftop solar, community solar gardens, and larger solar farms. Colorado is home to many solar installers which are ranked annually by the amount of power installed. Several thousand people are employed in solar-energy-related activities throughout the state. A few companies have attempted to establish solar panel manufacturing operations in Colorado: including Abound Solar, Ascent Solar, and Primestar Solar. Colorado was the first state where Dow introduced some of the earliest solar shingles.
The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), a state affiliate of the national non-profit Solar Energy Industries Association, supports solar use and industry growth through its efforts which include both business and residential consumer education. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council is also a source for information on consumer protection, workforce development, and for other news affecting industry developments in the state.
Colorado's colleges and universities support educational and research programs in solar power science and technology, and in the related interdisciplinary subjects of energy, environment, and sustainability. Golden, Colorado is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and to the Golden Field Office of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, both of which are funded by the United States Department of Energy.
The following list emphasizes operating solar photovoltaic farms in Colorado that are 10 MW or larger.
To update and expand this list, search the Energy Information Administration's plant-level data set by visiting the Electrity Data Browser.
Alternatively, view the Solar Industry Association's Major Solar Projects List which is less frequently updated.
|Comanche Solar Project||Pueblo County||120||2016|||
|Hooper Solar PV Power Plant||Alamosa County||50||2015|||
|Rawhide Flats Bison Solar Plant||Larimer County||30||2016|||
|San Isabel Solar Energy Center||Las Animas County||30||2016|| |
|Alamosa Solar Generating Project||Alamosa County||30||2012|||
|San Luis Valley Solar Ranch||Alamosa County||30||2011|||
|Greater Sandhill Solar Plant||Alamosa County||19||2010|||
|SR Platte Rattlesnake Solar Farm||Weld County||16||2017|||
|SR Fort Lupton Solar Farm||Weld County||13||2016|||
|Victory Solar Facility||Adams County||13||2016|||
|Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array||El Paso County||10||2016|||
|Denver Int'l Airport Solar Project||Denver County||8.3||2014||10MWDC|
|Alamosa Photovoltaic Power Plant||Alamosa County||7.7||2007|||
|SR Mavericks Solar Farm||Weld County||6.5||2016|||
|SR Skylark Solar Farm (A&B)||El Paso County||6||2016|||
|Air Force Academy Solar Farm||El Paso County||5.5||2011|
|Colorado State Univ. Solar Farm||Larimer County||5||2010|
|Valley View Solar Farm||Weld County||4||2015|||
|SR Kersey Platte Valley Solar Farm||Weld County||3.5||2017|||
|Fort Carson Army Base Solar Farm||El Paso County||2||2010|
|Rifle Energy Innovation Plant||Garfield County||2||2009|
|Garfield Airport Solar Array||Garfield County||0.858|
|CRMS Solar Farm||Garfield County||0.147|||
|Colorado Solar Capacity (MWp)|
|Capacity||Installed||% Change||Capacity||Installed||% Change|
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- Solar Power World, 2018 Top Colorado Contractors
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- "DOW Brings the Revolutionary DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle to U.S. Markets". businesswire.com. October 4, 2011.
- Colorado Solar Industries Association website
- "Interstate Renewable Energy Council - Colorado". irecusa.org. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
- "CSU Sustainability Initiative - Solar Energy Research". colostate.edu. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
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- "Community Energy's 120 MW Comanche Solar Project Provides Bulk of Solar Power in Approved Xcel Energy Resource Plan". communityenergysolar.com. March 4, 2014.
- Colorado gets massive boost in solar power capacity, Denver Business Journal, Dec 23, 2015
- Bison Solar
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The 37.5 Megawatt (MW) DC began construction in May of 2016 and achieved substantial completion in November of 2016.
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- San Luis Valley Solar Ranch Fact Sheet - archived
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- Platte Solar
- Fort Lupton Solar
- SR Fort Lupton Solar
- Victory Solar
- Clear Spring Solar
- Fourth Solar Array Opens at Denver International Airport June 18, 2014
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- Mavericks Solar
- SR Mavericks Solar
- Skylark Solar
- Valley View Solar
- Kersey Solar
- Platte Valley Solar
- CRMS Solar Farm
- Major Solar Projects
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