• Tiana Starks

San Miguel County officials support plans for solar plant

Updated: Jul 13

Local officials are supporting plans for a solar plant in southwest Colorado.

San Miguel County commissioners recently signed a letter of support for the 30-megawatt power plant.

Ute Peak Solar and Standard Solar want to see the plant built at a substation in western Montrose County. The Telluride Daily Planet reports the substation sends three main lines across Colorado and the West.

Utility Tri-State Generation and Transmission says it is reviewing a number of energy projects within and can’t comment on any specific project.

County Commissioner Hilary Cooper says the solar plant is big enough to replace a nearby coal-fired power plant slated for shutdown by the end of 2022.

The Solar Energy Industries Association says 1 megawatt of solar energy in Colorado can power more than 150 average-sized homes.

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