Distributed Energy Resources

Colorado Springs Utilities to add 150 MW of solar and battery storage

The Colorado Springs Utilities board recently approved the addition of 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus battery storage to its system by 2024.

The move will bring Springs Utilities’ renewable energy mix to more than 20 percent by 2024, the public power utility said on Sept. 20.

“This decision sets the stage for us to create a new energy landscape,” said John Romero, general manager of Energy Acquisition Engineering and Planning at the utility. “To better serve our customers in the future, we need to think differently, become more creative and embrace new technology to advance our learning and become a leader in the industry,” he said.

The project, in addition to two solar projects totaling 95 MW coming online in 2020, will change the way the utility powers the Pikes Peak Region for decades to come, the utility said.

More information about the solar-plus-storage project will be released once contract negotiations are finalized.

Colorado Springs Utilities this summer said that it had signed agreements with developers for two utility-scale solar projects that will total 95 MW.

The energy generated by both projects combined will be purchased by Springs Utilities for less than $31 per megawatt hour.