Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Guzman Energy recently announced they have signed an agreement with NGC Partners to develop a 150MW Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County, Colo. HCE will purchase 100MW of the project’s output, producing enough energy to supply approximately 30% of HCE’s annual energy requirements. Guzman Energy will use the remaining 50MW to serve other communities in its customer base. Guzman has the option to commission another 50MW in increased project size and expand its share of the project to 100MW.
HCE’s “Seventy70Thirty” renewable energy goals call for achieving 70% annual energy from clean and renewable sources, with a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2014 levels no later than 2030. HCE and Guzman Energy entered into a partnership last December to accelerate HCE’s progress toward meeting these goals without increasing power costs for their members. In addition to other new renewable resources, the development of this wind farm will put HCE on a path to meet these goals earlier than expected.
According to Guzman Energy, this new project will help western Colorado communities transition toward a cleaner, more affordable energy future. The new wind farm is scheduled to begin operations by mid 2021.