Colorado’s Saguache County Board of County Commissioners has given SolarReserve final approval for a 1041 permit in order for the company to build two 100MW solar thermal projects on private agricultural land in Center, Colorado. Upon completion, each project will supply around 450,000MWh of electricity per year.
The two projects will each use solar energy storage technology, with the projects having the capacity to store up to 15 hours of solar energy. Its 30-month construction period will yield over 450 direct jobs per site and 45-50 permanent O&M jobs at each power plant.
“SolarReserve is very pleased to have achieved this important milestone for our Saguache Solar Energy Project,” said Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve. “This unique project can provide significant environmental and ratepayer benefits to Colorado by diversifying power generation resources from the volatility of conventional fuels, minimizing the use of water for power generation and providing a boost to the local and state economies through the deployment of innovative technologies. In addition, the energy storage technology provides a stable supply of renewable electricity to assist in backing up intermittent supply from wind and photovoltaic projects.”