A host of companies are partnering to engineer, install and finance a two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system at Fort Carson Army Base.
When completed, the PV project will cover nearly 12 acres, making it the largest solar array at a U.S. Army facility and one of the largest in Colorado, according to the companies.
The ground-mounted solar array will consist of flat-plate, thin-film solar technology. The solar modules are warranted for 25 years and the plant can be expected to produce energy for up to 40 years.
The project will generate 3,200 megawatt-hours of solar power annually and is one of the first major customer-sited projects to emerge from Colorado’s 2020 energy initiative, which seeks to increase the state’s use of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2020.
The project will be the result of collaboration among several companies – 3 Phases Energy, a California-based renewable energy project developer, Xcel Energy, which will purchase the renewable energy credits for 20 years; Colorado Springs Utilities, which will host the system on its grid; SunTechnics Inc., which will design and construct the project; and Morgan Stanley Co., which will serve as the project investor and long-term owner.