IRVINE, Calif. (April 7, 2021) — 174 Power Global, a leading solar energy company, today announced that it has entered into a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Black Hills Energy to develop a 200-megawatt (MW) solar power production facility, Turkey Creek Solar in Pueblo County, Colorado.
The new, utility-scale solar facility, is expected to generate enough electricity to power an estimated 46,000 Colorado homes with clean, renewable energy. Once operational, the facility will contribute to Black Hills Energy’s Renewable Advantage plan, a clean-energy growth strategy which is forecasted to deliver nearly $178 million through state, local and federal taxes, benefiting the community. The project has an estimated construction cost of over $200 million and will create approximately 250 good-paying construction jobs, with the potential for up to 450 workers during certain phases of construction.
“We are glad to partner with Black Hills Energy on the Turkey Creek Solar project, which will provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits to the Pueblo community, as well as dependable solar power,” said 174 Power Global President Henry Yun. “We look forward to bringing Black Hills customers sustainable, cost-competitive, clean energy and working with the Pueblo and Fremont county communities.”
“We are very pleased by the broad community support that is driving our Renewable Advantage plan forward,” said Vance Crocker, Black Hills Energy’s vice president for Colorado utilities. “With a project of this magnitude – the first and largest utility-scale solar project for Black Hills Energy – we will assure significant cost savings for our customers, while achieving long-lasting environmental benefits and economic vitality for our local and regional economies for years to come.”
Construction of the facility is expected to commence in 2022, with the project coming online in 2023. Under the terms of the agreement, Black Hills Energy will purchase all power generated by the project. 174 Power Global will lead project development and construction, the engagement and permitting process with local agencies, including Pueblo and Fremont counties, and will own and operate the facility.