The Trout Creek Solar array went online January 31 and is fully operational. As reported in a late-2018 edition of the Energy Innovations newsletter, the project was approved for construction at the end of August 2018 when Sangre de Cristo Electric Association signed a 36-year site license agreement.
In an innovative partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections, the site sits on the Buena Vista Correctional Complex property south of Buena Vista.
Trout Creek Solar has 7,952 panels on a sun-tracking system which maximizes production. The array will generate about 5,752 megawatt hours of energy and will generate approximately 4.7 percent of the co-op’s annual energy usage. SDCEA will celebrate the opening of the facility when the weather warms up.