Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company ("GREC") has launched a 22 MW Rawhide Prairie Solar project in Colorado that will use Tesla's 2 MWh battery. Tesla energy storage systems provide a cheaper and more reliable power supply.
GREC announced that its 22 MW Rawhide Prairie Solar project in Colorado went into commercial operation on March 19. This facility was the first project of the company's 'solar-plus-storage.'
The project uses a Tesla battery pack that is capable of storing up to 2 MWh of energy and will provide a cheaper and more reliable power supply during periods of peak consumer demand or a lower solar resource. Energy storage will play a critical role in the future of renewable energy, bringing many practical benefits to consumers and society as well as clean energy producers and suppliers, said Charles Wheeler, CEO of GREC.
“Rawhide Prairie Solar was our first Solar + storage project and it's incredibly rewarding to get up and running.
“Energy storage will play a crucial role in the future of renewable energies, bringing many practical benefits to consumers and the community as well as benefits for producers and providers of clean energy. We are excited to work with the Platte River Power Authority and DEPCOM to deploy this technology in Colorado."
Rawhide Prairie, located at Platte River's Rawhide Power Authority station, will generate enough solar energy annually to power approximately 6,000 homes in the utility's owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland. Rawhide Prairie covers approximately 150 acres of land adjacent to the 30-megawatt Rawhide Flats solar plant. Currently, the total solar capacity is 52 megawatts, while further diversifying the organization's resources located at the Rawhide Energy Station. The organization has set a goal to achieve a 100% non-carbon energy portfolio by 2030.
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