Kit Carson to build two new solar arrays with battery storage facilities

Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 11/11/19

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has signed an agreement to have Torch Clean Energy of Boulder, Colorado, develop and build two new solar arrays, each with its own storage facility, which together will add 21 megawatts of solar capacity and 15 megawatts of storage capacity.

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Kit Carson to build two new solar arrays with battery storage facilities

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Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has signed an agreement to have Torch Clean Energy of Boulder, Colorado develop two new solar arrays, each with its own storage facility, which together will add 21 megawatts of solar capacity and 15 megawatts of storage capacity.

The larger installation, located between Taos Airport and the Taos County Landfill, will add 15 megawatts of solar power generation and 12 megawatts of storage capacity. The other, at Angel Fire, will add six megawatts of solar capacity and three megawatts of storage.

Once these projects are completed, KCEC will surpass the 35 megawatts required to meet its goal of 100 percent daytime solar energy – originally set for 2022 – up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

These new developments will augment the arrays that KCEC has installed over the past 12 years, creating a network of distributed energy resources throughout the KCEC service territory. Once they're online, KCEC will have a total of 53 megawatts of renewable energy, including 38 megawatts of solar generation and 15 megawatts of storage capacity.

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