Alamosa photovoltaic power plant

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Coordinates: 37°41′17″N 105°52′43″W / 37.6880°N 105.8787°W / 37.6880; -105.8787

Alamosa photovoltaic power plant, is an 8.22 MWp photovoltaic power plant located in San Luis Valley, Colorado, USA. The power plant was developed by SunEdison, sells all output to Xcel Energy, and was completed in December 2007.[1]

The plant occupies 83 acres (34 ha) of land, and provided enough power to supply 1400 homes in 2008. This made it the largest producer of photovoltaic power in the United States in 2008. Colorado Xcel customers pay approximately 2% more for electricity to subsidize renewable energy projects.[2] The plant has received some criticism, saying that the amount of land used is large in comparison to the amount of power generated.[3]

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  1. ^ "SunEdison Activates Largest U.S. Photovoltaic Power Plant for Xcel Energy". SunEdison. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Raabe, Steve (24 December 2008). "Alamosa solar plant's success helps prove resource's viability on large scale". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Vail Daily's view: Smaller is better with solar energy". Vail Daily. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.