Construction of a new solar project in northeastern Colorado was recently completed and the site began generation on November 15. More than 5,000 panels make up Highline Electric Association’s 1.5-megawatt Riverview solar project. The single-axis panels face east in the morning and track the sun across the sky throughout the day. This is the Holyoke-based electric co-op’s second local, renewable generation project and is estimated to be able to power 300-500 homes or about 20 irrigation wells.
When combined with the generation from the Trailblazer waste heat recovery project, Highline will receive up to 4% of its annual energy requirements form local, renewable projects. The co-op is evaluating other renewable project options on its system that make sense for the co-op and its consumer-members.