Construction on the facility is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year and is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2012.
Set to be located near Alamosa, in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado on approximately 225 acres of land, the facility will use CPV systems supplied by Amonix, Inc. In a statement, the company said: Amonix CPV technology uses optics and a dual-axis tracking system to focus large amounts of sunlight onto very high efficiency photovoltaic cells. As a result, CPV solar is more efficient, producing more energy per acre than any other solar technology making it well suited for utility-scale applications in sunny and dry climates. The system will produce up to 30,000 kilowatts of solar energy for the customers of Xcel Energy, providing enough electricity for approximately 6,500 homes.
Our focus has always been on developing quality power generation facilities that deliver reliable power to our customers," added Tom Bonner, president of Cogentrix Energy. "We’re pleased that our Alamosa Solar Generating project continues in that tradition. We have enjoyed a long relationship with Xcel Energy with other electric generating projects on their system and are excited at the opportunity to now be in position to assist them in meeting their renewable portfolio requirements.