How can we help keep one of the largest CPV solar farms in the world running?
The idea was to design, build, and operate the world’s largest concentrated photovoltaic, or CPV, solar plant right here in the Colorado desert. But it had never been done before. So, when Cogentrix Energy called us, we designed systems that carry the sun’s energy to Colorado’s power grid and ultimately supported our client’s vision.
The Alamosa project was big. And it was the first of its kind. Add to that a technology untested at utility-scale generation and the whole project made for one big financial risk.
To help prove that this solar plant was investment worthy, Cogentrix Energy looked to our team for help. We created a detailed engineering plan that demonstrated—from the site design, to the foundational stability of each solar tracker, to the electrical collection system and controls—how the proposed network of over 500 CPV trackers would work together across a 225-acre site. With this design, our client was able to get the project constructed and up and running.
The result? Up to 30 megawatts of electricity generation, which is enough energy to power more than 6,500 Colorado homes.
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