The $200 million solar energy farm is going to be the largest on the eastern side of the Rockies, and it will represent power for more than 30,000 homes in the area. Xcel Energy chose to partner with Community Energy to build this new farm that will track the sun when it rises in the east and follow it all the way until it sets in the west.
The plant is expected to be done in 2016 and will be built on 900 acres of grazing plains that will have ready access to sunlight in almost any condition. The goal of the plant is to provide energy to homes in the area and provide needed backup to the fossil fuel energy that is already being produced in the state.
The site that was chosen because it is already so close to existing transmission lines and power plants, and this makes it easy for it to support the existing power structure.