JUWI to build 223-Megawatt solar power plant for Duke Energy
© JUWI GmbHThe Pike Solar project in the US state of Colorado is the largest solar project in JUWI’s company history. Construction works have already started.
Boulder/Wörrstadt (renewablepress) - Just outside Colorado Springs on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, 414,000 solar panels will be installed over the next few months on about 1,310 acres. The solar plant is under construction with current activities focused on civil work and racking installation. The project is expected to employ 350 at peak construction and is scheduled to achieve commercial operation in late 2023. JUWI and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will each have operation and maintenance responsibilities.
Pike Solar will provide 175 megawatts (223 MW AC) of electricity to Colorado Springs Utilities customers. That is enough electricity to power approximately 46,300 homes. "The realization of the Pike Solar project marks another milestone in our company's history. Pike Solar is our company's largest single project worldwide so far“, says JUWI's Group COO Stephan Hansen. Currently, the 204-megawatt Kozani solar farm in Greece, which has been commissioned in 2022, holds the JUWI record.
The megaproject, located about 150 kilometers south of JUWI's U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado, was developed by JUWI and sold to Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS).
As one of the nation's top renewable energy providers, the parent company Duke Energy has more than 10,500 MW of solar and wind energy.
JUWI is responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project. The solar modules are being procured by DESS. Under a 17-year agreement, Colorado Springs Utilities will purchase the electricity Pike Solar generates.
"We're pleased to continue expanding our solar portfolio in Colorado," said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. "This project will support the renewable energy goals of Colorado Springs Utilities and allow them to reduce energy costs while providing diverse and cleaner energy solutions for their customers."
"This is an exciting development for us as Pike Solar will be the largest solar facility on our system and represents a significant step on our journey to diversify our energy mix," said Travas Deal, acting chief executive officer for Colorado Springs Utilities. "Projects like Pike Solar are integral to our ability to reach our Energy Vision goal of achieving 80% carbon reduction by 2030."
“We are pleased to work with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, Colorado Springs Utilities Board and El Paso County's local officials to add additional clean and cost-effective generation in Colorado, our home base in the U.S.," says Stephan Hansen.
About the JUWI Group
The JUWI Group has been one of the leading specialists for renewable energies for more than 25 years and offers complete project development as well as other services related to the planning, construction, and operational management of renewable energy plants. The business areas mainly include projects with wind and solar energy as well as hybrid systems with storage for industrial applications.
JUWI employs more than 1,200 people worldwide and is present with projects on all continents. Outside Germany, there are subsidiaries in Italy, Greece, South Africa, the USA, Japan, Australia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
To date, JUWI has implemented more than 1,200 wind energy plants with a capacity of more than 2,800 megawatts at around 200 locations worldwide in the wind segment; in the solar segment, there are around 1,850 PV plants with a total capacity of around 3,800 megawatts. JUWI's operations management services wind energy and photovoltaic plants with a capacity of more than 4,100 megawatts. JUWI has initiated a total investment volume of more than ten billion euros for the realization of energy projects.
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