Solar power plant begins operations in Colorado

Cogentrix Energy LLC on May 10 said the 30 MW Alamosa Solar Generating plant in the San Luis Valley of Colorado entered commercial operation. Power from the plant will be used by customers of Xcel Energy's (NYSE: XEL) subsidiary, Public Service Co. of Colorado.

The Alamosa Solar project consists of over 500 dual-axis, pedestal mounted tracker assemblies, each capable of producing approximately 60 kW of electricity from the sun. Each tracker assembly is 70 feet wide by 50 feet high and contains 7,560 Fresnel lenses. The construction of the facility was contracted to M.A. Mortenson Co.

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