The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved the development of a new solar farm. The site, developed by Holy Cross Energy, will be built near the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on land owned by the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District. The land was used as a biosolid disposal site until 2005. The sanitation district sees the solar farm as a useful way for the land to be repurposed.
Debated thoroughly by community members and stakeholders, the solar farm will meet the requests of 69% of Holy Cross Energy consumer-members who want renewable energy from a community-based project. The site will be close to existing Holy Cross infrastructure, which will help the electric co-op minimize digging to install extra underground cables to support and energize the solar farm.