Skylark and Valley View Solar Facilities Construction

In our efforts to provide various avenues of renewable energy, yet keep costs affordable, PVREA developed 8-megawatts of solar generation here locally. Different than the community solar farms, the generation from these solar generation facilities are directly tied into the Cooperative’s distribution system and used as a local energy source, contributing to the local power mix for all PVREA members. 

Two sites, both in Weld County, use 65 acres of land and house nearly 100,000 solar panels. PVREA has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the top 15 solar operators in the U.S.

These two solar facilities went live at the end of December 2015 and are generating local, renewable energy for all PVREA members.

Construction Progress October-December 2015

Skylark Solar

32 acres
48,840 panels

Valley View Solar

32 acres
48,840 panels

10/6/15

 Site not in construction yet

The site is excavated first before installation of equipment begins.

 

 

10/14/15

The rows of arrays are laid out and first installation of materials began.

 

Materials are being staged.

 

 
 
A "mock" row of the panels are installed in the first row.

Construction crews work on installing an inverter pad. Arrays have not started being installed yet.

10/20/15

More piles and initial installation of more rows of arrays are installed.

Staging of materials continues.

 

 
View from the east - installations on the second half of the property has started.   

10/27

View from the west - more materials are laid out for Installations on the second
half of the property. 
The rows of arrays are laid out and first installation of materials began.

11/4

View from the east - more piles and materials for electrical connections installed
on the second half of the property
The same view - the first rows of panels and fencing are installed.

11/19

Construction crews work on installing another inverter pad. Arrays will
start to be installed end of November.

50 rows of panels are installed, with only 18 rows left on this particular section. 
McCarthy’s goal is to install 16 rows of glass panels each day.

12/4

Glass for the solar panels have started to take shape. In just after a week's               time, this view will show rows of solar panels. All of the glass panels are installed at the Valley View site. The contractors are now working on electrical and testing.

Project was completed end of December, 2015!