Primergy Solar
Pitkin Solar Project
Pitkin County, CO
5 MWac solar
13,700 photovoltaic (PV) panels
35 acre property site
Pitkin Solar Project
Location:

Pitkin County, CO

Output:

5 MWac solar

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Project Benefits

Pitkin Solar is a solar energy project operating in Pitkin County, Colorado. The Project delivers clean, low-cost energy and environmental benefits to the surrounding community. Pitkin Solar provides the following benefits:

Preserving Landscapes

Pitkin Solar is carefully sited on 35 acres owned by the Aspen Sanitation District, and serves 5 MW of clean energy to Holy Cross Energy, an electric co-op serving almost 45,000 members in Western Colorado. The project commenced operation in November 2021. The project is located near Woody Creek in the Roaring Fork Valley on land leased from the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District.

Holistic Approach to Development

Pitkin Solar is focused on providing safe delivery of clean energy to the Roaring Fork Valley. It has bridged partnerships with the local advocates to preserve the landscape in its native form. Primergy implemented a low-impact construction method “No Grade, Low Touch” that eliminated the need for scraping during construction. With this method, wildlife habitat is maintained for the native rabbits, deer and birds. This method of construction is employed at other Primergy sites and is a part of our holistic approach to development. We hope that these approaches are adopted by other infrastructure developers and can become a widely used method of constructing clean energy projects that minimize impact to open spaces.

Environment and Grid Resiliency

Pitkin Solar is generating 5 MWac of solar, which is enough clean reliable energy to power up to 900 homes annually. Electricity generated with solar panels emits no greenhouse gases and no air or water pollutants. Primergy is committed to enhancing Colorado’s energy mix and independence with clean, local projects such as Pitkin Solar.

FAQs

How are solar projects safely monitored?

Primergy Solar takes all measures to ensure safe operations. The Project will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from a remote operations desk. This ensures that we are aware of the operations at the site at all times.

Is solar energy expensive?

Costs to operate are minimal because sunlight is delivered free to the Project daily.

The cost of solar projects has decreased by more than 60% over the last decade[1], and in 2020, solar officially became less expensive than coal and gas.[2] In 2021, 54% of new generation projects installed in the United States were solar.[3]

[1] https://www.seia.org/solar-industry-research-data
[2]  
https://www.carbonbrief.org/solar-is-now-cheapest-electricity-in-history-confirms-iea
[3]
https://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2021-q4

How do I share information about land I own that might qualify for future solar projects?

Primergy Solar would be happy to hear from you! We typically are interested in properties 10 acres or larger as a typical solar energy facility requires 8 acres of land for every MW of solar energy generated. Ideal properties are located nearby electric lines and substations. Please contact land@primergysolar.com to see if your property fits our needs.

How do I get in touch with Primergy Solar with questions, concerns or comments?

Primergy appreciates your questions and comments. Please email pitkincountysolar@primergysolar.com and we will get back to you!

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