homepage home
subscribe to Mountainstates Construction magazine subscribe
newsletters free e-newsletter
advertise
industry jobs industry jobs
Mcgraw Hill Construction
Mountainstates Construction Logo
Order Your RISK FREE Subscription
comment

Massive Solar Energy Project Rises in San Luis Valley

Text size: A A

 

Photo courtesy of Stantec
This solar project provides enough power to cover about 6,500 Colorado homes. It is the largest plant of its type in the world.
----- Advertising -----

2012 Award of Merit

Industrial/Manufacturing Category

Alamosa Solar Project

Alamosa, Colo.

Cogentrix Energy completed construction and start-up of a concentrating photovoltaic facility near Alamosa, Colo., that is the largest plant of its type in the world. The site of the 30-MW facility, on 225 acres in the San Luis Valley, was chosen for its outstanding sunlight, high elevation and the presence of an existing 115-kV transmission line.

The solar facility provides enough power to run 6,500 Colorado homes and eliminate generation of nearly 43,250 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The mountainous terrain of the site required the engineers to account for extreme temperature variations, a frost line of 48 in. below grade, a relatively high water table and the presence of rodents. The project team used materials that could tolerate such extreme conditions.

Key Players

Owner: Cogentrix Energy LLC, Charlotte, N.C.

Architect: Stantec, Charlotte, N.C.

General Contractor: Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis, Minn.

Entry submitted by Stantec

Keywords:

----- Advertising -----
Reader Photos
Photos from ENR Mountain States Photo Showcase
Dodge Lead Center
Search for local construction projects OR CALL 877-234-4246 and get a FREE Lead Now!
Search by Project Type & State





----- Advertising -----
 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.