Mountain Parks Electric’s Board of Directors approve 1.3 MW Solar system in Jackson County with Microgrid Energy
GRANBY, CO, May 9, 2018 –On April 12, 2018, the Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of electricity from a 1.3 MW (Megawatt) solar array to be built in Jackson County within the next 18 months. Denver-based Microgrid Energy plans to construct the solar array several miles north of Walden, just east of Highway 125. The electricity generated from the array is estimated to produce enough electricity for nearly 300 homes. Mountain Parks Electric will purchase the solar generation from Microgrid Energy for 20 years after the array is constructed.
“Mountain Parks Electric will save money on wholesale power costs with every kilowatt-hour generated by this solar array,” said MPE General Manager Tom Sifers. “It will increase our local renewable power supply, which now stands at 30 percent. This project would not have been possible without the helpful coordination between Microgrid Energy, the Rocky Mountain Institute and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, our wholesale power supplier. It is a win for all parties involved, and especially for Mountain Parks Electric’s members.”
Microgrid Energy’s Vice President, Jon Sullivan, agreed. “We are excited to bring large-scale solar to this part of Colorado. We look forward to delivering solar energy to Mountain Parks Electric’s service area for many years to come.”
About Mountain Parks Electric
Mountain Parks Electric is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric provider. MPE’s service territory is located in north central Colorado, including all of Grand and Jackson Counties, and parts of Routt, Summit and Larimer Counties. Headquartered in Granby, Colorado, MPE was established in 1946 and delivers electric service to more than 20,000 meters. In addition to the Walden solar array, MPE’s local renewable energy projects include hydroelectric generation from the Granby Dam, the Town of Grand Lake’s micro-hydro recovery system and the Williams Fork Dam. It also includes more than 100 smaller net-metered solar generation sites. www.mpei.com.
About Microgrid Energy
Microgrid Energy is a leading solar development company based in Denver, Colorado. Microgrid offers community solar and turnkey energy projects that reduce utility bills for utility, commercial, institutional, and government clients. Microgrid has completed over 300 energy projects nationally, and has offices in Denver, St. Louis and Chicago, with a plan for continued expansion across the country over the next year. More information at www.microgridenergy.com
Tom Sifers, Mountain Parks Electric General Manager
Jon Sullivan, Microgrid VP of Project Development