Co-op-served high school dedicates solar project

With technical assistance and support from Tri-State member co-op Mountain Parks Electric, a group of high school students and their teachers dedicated a 3-kilowatt photovoltaic tracking solar array on March 26 at Middle Park High School in Granby, Colo.

Mountain Parks Electric played an integral role in getting the project off the ground with staff assistance in grant writing and funding for the project. Former co-op employee Guy Larson, who now owns Simply Efficient Solar and Wind Co., provided assistance in helping to build and supply materials for the project.

Joe Pandy, general manager of Mountain Parks Electric, noted in his comments to the group attending the dedication that the co-op is also in the final stages of completing an agreement with a solar developer that intends to construct a 1-megawatt solar project in the co-op’s service territory to test the viability of solar at high altitude. Pandy said that if all goes as planned, the co-op will take the entire 1-megawatt output of the project under a purchase power agreement. Pandy said that he hopes to have the agreement in place before the end of the year.

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