Xcel Energy Reducing Planned Solar Development By Half


Electric utility Xcel Energy will cut its solar development plans by at least 50%, due to an uncertain timeline for a new transmission line intended to connect solar resources from the San Luis Valley to load centers.

The company's solar development – originally at 355 MW – may now total just 60 MW to 185 MW by 2015, the Pueblo Chieftan reports.

During public utilities commission hearings, Xcel Energy's proposed $180 million transmission line encountered resistance from Trinchera Ranch, which is in the line's path.

‘Our commitment to the development of solar resources from the San Luis Valley over the long term has not changed,’ said Karen Hyde, vice president for Xcel Energy, in a written statement that appeared in the Pueblo Chieftan. ‘But because we cannot guarantee the ability to move power to the grid when these solar resources become available, we are compelled to step back from our original plans and seek this reduction.’

SOURCE: Pueblo Chieftan

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