Poudre Valley REA Community Solar Farm
The second PVREA Community Solar Farm is currently in the planning stages. It is projected to be 500,000 watts. Click on the image at left for more information on how you can participate.
The first array was completed in August 2012 and was the first community solar farm in Northern Colorado. It encompasses 494 solar panels generating 116,090 watts of electricity.

Geothermal Conversion Complete at PVREA Headquarters
In 2012 it became necessary to begin replacing the aging heating and air conditioning equipment at the PVREA office and warehouse. The board of directors made the decision to switch to geothermal as part of the overall commitment to energy efficiency at your co-op.

Green Power for Less Than a Dime
The cost for Green Power is just pennies per month. 100% of the funds raised go to support renewable projects such as solar and wind.
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Poudre Valley REA has offered electricity generated from renewable sources through the Green Power Program for more than a decade. We also offer net-metering for all consumers and direct rebates for members who install solar PV panels.

Carter Lake Hydroelectric Project
As the result of a power purchase agreement between the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Northern Water has constructed a $6 million hydropower facility at Carter Lake west of Loveland. The water that is released from the reservoir spins two turbines to create electricity. The result is 7 million to 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, or enough to power about 1,000 homes.

The Lyons School Solar Project
In 2009 Poudre Valley REA and The Center for ReSource Conservation came together to install a solar PV array at the Lyons Middle/Senior High School in Boulder County. Poudre Valley REA contributed $50,000.00 toward the project and also participates actively in the Go Green! educational outreach program that provides school-based curriculum with an emphasis on energy conservation. The new solar panels provide direct savings of $3,000.00 per year and also serve as a hands-on learning tool for both students and the community at large.

Cimarron I Solar Project
Tri-State has partnered with Southern Company, Turner Renewable Energy and First Solar to develop a 30 megawatt solar farm in northeastern New Mexico that incorporates 500,000 solar panels.  The Cimarron I Solar Project is the largest solar PV project by an electric cooperative and one of the largest facilities of its kind in the nation. It has been fully operational since December 2010.

Wind Power
In December 2010 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced the completion of the Kit Carson Windpower Project, a 51-megawatt wind farm located in east-central Colorado. The wholesale power supplier is purchasing the output of the facility through a 20-year agreement with a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. A second wind farm, the 67-megawatt Colorado Highlands Wind project, will be built on a 5,200-acre site in northeast Colorado

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Poudre Valley REA • PO Box 272550, 7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, CO 80527-2550 - Map
Phone:800.432.1012 • FAX: 970.226.2123 • Email: pvrea@pvrea.com