Ameresco, a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewables, announced the completion and dedication of the 4-MWac Yampa Valley Regional Solar Garden in partnership with communities surrounding Craig City, Colorado, and the Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA).
The project combines bifacial solar panels and single-axis tracker racking systems for high energy output, turning it into the largest solar project in the Yampa Valley region. It is expected to generate around 9.64 million kWh of solar electricity annually and offset nearly 130,321 metric tons of carbon dioxide over 20 years of operation.
The clean energy will be integrated into YVEA's distribution system, which includes 2,840 miles of line covering a 7,000 square-mile service territory in northwest Colorado and southern Wyoming. Customers in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig, Yampa as well as Routt and Moffat counties can benefit from the solar energy generated from this project.
"This collaborative effort underscores our commitment to driving positive change through sustainable solutions that not only benefit the environment, but also contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Yampa Valley region," said Lou Maltezos, Executive Vice President of Ameresco.
"Yampa Valley Electric Association is proud to be part of this landmark project that will create locally generated electricity for our communities," said Steve Johnson, CEO of YVEA.
"This initiative perfectly aligns with our mission to provide reliable and sustainable energy solutions to our stakeholders."
"This project truly exemplifies our resolute commitment to sustainable progress, and we are proud to be leading this initiative alongside our regional partners, Ameresco and Yampa Valley Electric Association," said Derek Duran, Mayor of Craig City, at the celebratory media event.