Holy Cross Energy and Colorado Mountain College to benefit from new solar + storage project

Rendering representative of 5 MW solar PV system and 15-MWhbattery energy storage system to be installed through Holy Cross Energy and Colorado Mountain College’s partnership with Ameresco. (Photo: Business Wire)

This week Ameresco announced a new partnership with Holy Cross Energy (HCE) for a solar and battery energy storage project, which will use land leased from Colorado Mountain College at its Spring Valley Campus.

Holy Cross Energy signed a PPA with Ameresco which means Ameresco will design, build, operate and maintain the facilities and sell the energy to HCE to help meet its goal of sourcing 100% of the electricity used to serve customer load with renewable resources by 2030. According to the agreement, Ameresco will install 5 MW of solar PV capacity and 15-MWh battery energy storage.

The project will use land leased from Colorado Mountain College.

“We are so excited to be part of this great venture in solar energy,” said Dr. Heather Exby, Colorado Mountain College vice president and Spring Valley Campus dean. “By leasing a portion of our land for the solar array, we will help our community to attain energy independence by use of this renewable, and locally abundant, source. Colorado Mountain College as a whole will also move closer to our goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, as we will be receiving renewable energy credits from Holy Cross Energy that will offset electrical usage at our Spring Valley, Aspen and Edwards campuses.” Exby said, “We could not have done this without the advice and guidance from the staff at CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region). The expertise of Katharine Rushton, Renewable Energy Program Director, ensured a high-quality and community-appropriate project that wins for everyone.”

Construction is set to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

Holy Cross Energy is a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative that serves almost 45,000 members and their communities in Western Colorado.

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