Guzman Energy gets permit for 80-MW solar project in Colorado
Rendering Garnet Mesa Solar. Image by Guzman Energy.
US wholesale power provider Guzman Energy on Monday said it has secured a limited use permit needed to install and operate an 80-MW solar project in Southern Delta County, Colorado.
The Delta County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the permit at a meeting last week.
The Garnet Mesa solar project will sell part of its generation to Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), with Guzman Energy to use the remainder to serve additional wholesale customers. The solar farm is expected to produce more than 194,000 MWh a year, corresponding to the needs of 18,000 homes.
With the limited use permit secured, the project will proceed with the next phases of engineering and procurement planning. It will be located on land that is now irrigated and used for grazing. This usage of the land will continue and will be combined with solar power generation.
“With the Commissioners’ approval, we are one step closer to securing a significant amount of local affordable energy. Together, with Guzman Energy, we are driving rate stability for our members,” commented Kent Blackwell, DMEA interim chief executive and chief technology officer.