Mountain Parks Electric will utilize solar energy from north of Walden, enough to power 300 homes |

Mountain Parks Electric will utilize solar energy from north of Walden, enough to power 300 homes

Mountain Parks Electric announced this week that its board of directors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of electricity from a new Jackson County-based solar array during a meeting last month.

The move comes as part of a partnership with Microgrid Energy, a Denver-based solar development company that’s planning to construct a new 1.3-megawatt solar array north of Walden in the next 18 months. Mountain Parks Electric, headquartered in Granby, agreed to purchase the solar generation from Microgrid for the next 20 years after its completion.

“Mountain Parks Electric will save money on wholesale power costs with every kilowatt-hour generated by this solar array,” said Tom Sifers, general manager at Mountain Parks. “It will increase our local renewable power supply, which now stands at 30 percent.”

The energy generated from the solar array is estimated to produce enough electricity for almost 300 homes, and is expected to cut costs for Mountain Park’s members.

“This project would not have been possible without the helpful coordination between Microgrid Energy, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, our wholesale power suppler,” said Sifers. “It is a win for all parties involved, and especially for Mountain Parks Electric’s members.”

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