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Community meeting to discuss proposed solar project in Pleasant View – The Journal

Invenergy, a renewable energy company, is proposing to build a 127 megawatt solar project near Pleasant View. The company built this one in Woodville, Ontario, Canada.

Invenergy Renewables plans 127 megawatt project in Montezuma County

Community members are invited to an open house on August 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pleasant View Fire Station, 15235 Road CC, to learn about a solar energy project offered by Invenergy Renewables.

Invenergy, a Chicago-based renewable energy company, plans to build an estimated $127 million solar project near Pleasant View to supply electricity to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.

The proposed project would generate 127 megawatts, enough to power 32,000 homes. The rows of solar panels would be on 1,100 acres of private land off County Road BB, 2 miles west of Pleasant View. The site has good access to Tri-State transmission lines where the electricity will join the grid.

Private land has been leased by Invenergy in anticipation of the project moving forward, according to the company.

More than 100,000 fixed tilting panels would rotate to follow the sun from east to west.

Some opposition has already begun to take shape. An anonymous announcement published on Wednesday in The newspaper implored people to come forward and air their objections under the headline, “Save Pleasant View, CO, Farmland From Being a Solar Farm!”

The solar power would be sold to Tri-State, which generates and sells electricity to 43 distribution cooperatives, including the Empire Electric Association.

Empire is not involved in the construction or financing of the solar project.

Invenergy is an American company that develops, owns and operates a variety of different power plants, including seven in Colorado. Also in Colorado, it has developed six wind projects totaling 1,000 megawatts and operates a natural gas plant in Weld County.

Tri-State generates 40% of its electricity from large renewable energy projects and plans to generate 50% of its energy from renewables by 2024.

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