The city becomes the 9th in Colorado to adopt a 100% renewable energy transition mandate.
Colorado Springs Utility has approved plans to build 150 MW of solar power, coupled with energy storage. This project, plus prior capacity, will bring the company to 21% solar electricity by 2024.
The Colorado PUC has voted to provide initial approval of a plan to retire 660 MW of coal early and not build any new gas, instead constructing over 1 GW of wind, 700 MW of solar and 275 MW / 1.0 GWh of energy storage.
A study finds that “just the operating costs of many existing coal assets” now exceed total costs for new solar and wind power in the Mountain West. The Tri-State utility, for example, could save $600 million by 2030 by phasing out five coal units in favor of solar, wind and purchases of wholesale capacity and power.
The city’s bold 80×50 plan also covers the decarbonization of transport and a reduction in building energy use, with municipal buildings, fleets and energy use leading the charge.
GCL’s “Overseas Seeding Initiative” has landed in Brighton, Colorado – dropping in over 330,000 solar panels on single axis trackers.
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