Cogentrix Energy has finalized the terms of a contract with Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy company, for construction of a solar power project that is said could be the world’s largest concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) plant. With an ideal location near Alamosa, southern Colorado, the 30MW project is being scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2012.
The proposed solar plant will use CPV systems from Amonix, which utilize optics and a dual-axis tracking system to focus large amounts of sunlight onto very high efficiency photovoltaic cells. With energy output scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2012, the 30,000KW of electricity generated will be made available to Xcel Energy’s customers under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Situated on a ~225-acre plot in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, insolation levels will be high in the region. Construction on the facility is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2011.
(Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly used the acronym “CSP”– which means “concentrated solar power,” the common term used to refer to parabolic mirror, power tower, and other large solar thermal concentrator-type power plants — instead of “CPV,” which is the solar PV technology to be employed at the Alamosa site.)