A 175-megawatt solar array, located on 1,310 acres, was officially placed into commercial operation in December and is now generating and delivering electricity to Colorado Springs Utilities customers.
Pike Solar is owned and operated by Deriva Energy, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based independent generation developer. The plant is providing energy to the public power utility’s customers through a 17-year power purchase agreement.
“Now the largest solar array on our system, Pike Solar represents a significant step toward our goal of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030,” said Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Travas Deal. “While this is a major development, our work is just beginning. Pike Solar joins many other projects and initiatives in our sustainable energy plan to provide our community with a cleaner energy future and a resilient and sustainable electric grid.”
The JUWI Group completed the development, engineering and construction of the project and will provide operation and maintenance services for Pike Solar.
Deriva Energy will own the plant and share operations and maintenance responsibilities with JUWI.