Renewable Energy

Poudre Valley REA is committed to incorporating renewable energy sources into our generation portfolio. These renewable energy projects contribute to PVREA's local grid.

Poudre Valley REA Renewable Energy Projects

Green Power Program: 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. Go green by clicking herePoudre Valley REA has offered electricity generated from renewable sources through the Green Power Program for more than a decade.

Net-Metering & Interconnection Policy: PVREA allows most renewable energy generation systems, like solar PV panels, to be connected to the power grid.

Geothermal Energy: PVREA has helped many members in deciding which energy options are the best for them. In 2012, the co-op installed a geothermal energy unit at the PVREA headquarters. Visit the Geothermal Energy page to learn more about this option and rebates available.

Local Generation Sources

Community Solar Farm I: The first community solar farm in Northern Colorado was constructed at PVREA's headquarters in August 2012. It encompasses 494 solar panels generating 203,000 kWh per year. PVREA members purchase output from the array.

Community Solar Farm II: PVREA's second solar farm is four times larger and generates more than 1.1 million kWh per year. PVREA members purchase output from the array.

Carter Lake Hydropower Facility: 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.

Skylark I, Skylark II and Valley View Solar Facilities: These solar facilities generate 10-megawatts of renewable generation locally to PVREA members, and is one of the first facilities of its kind in Northern Colorado. The facilities produce electricity from nearly 120,000 solar panels, enough to power nearly 2,460 PVREA households. 

Tri-State G&T's Renewable Energy 

Tri-State G&T's energy portfolio consists of 23% renewable energy resources (as of 2015).

Cimarron Solar - 30 MW, northeastern NM
Kit Carson Windpower - 51 MW, east-central CO
Colorado Highlands Wind - 91 MW, northeastern CO
Carousel Wind Farm - 150 MW, to be constructed in 2015/2016, east-central CO 
Vallecito Hydroelectric Project - 5.6 MW, near Durango, CO
Mancos Hydro Project - 260 kW, Mancos, CO
Tri-County Water Hydropower Project - 8 MW, Ridgway, CO
Williams Fork Hydro Plant - 3.6 MW, near Parshall, CO
Boulder Canyon Hydroelectric Project - 5 MW, Boulder, CO
Garland Canal Hydroelectric Project - 2.9 MW, Powell, WY

Read more about Tri-State G&T's projects here.