Guzman Energy’s Garnet Mesa Solar farm project approved by Colorado county board

Guzman Energy has received approval from the Delta County Board of Commissioners for a limited use permit required to install and operate the proposed Garnet Mesa Solar project in Southern Delta County, Colorado. The Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the permit at the August 16, 2022 Commissioners meeting.

When complete, Garnet Mesa Solar will produce more than 194,000 MWh of electricity each year, enough energy for 18,000 homes. Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will directly purchase a portion of the energy produced by the solar farm and Guzman Energy will offtake the rest as power supply to serve additional wholesale customers.

“We are thrilled with the Delta County Board of Commissioners unanimous decision to approve the limited use permit to install and operate the Garnet Mesa Solar project. We are grateful for the time and attention the community and County officials gave to the process,” said Robin Lunt, Chief Strategy Officer, Guzman Energy.

The Garnet Mesa Solar project team will now focus on the next phases of engineering and procurement planning. Construction resource and timing details will be announced following those engineering and procurement planning cycles. The land secured for Garnet Mesa Solar farm construction is currently irrigated and utilized for grazing, and will continue to be used in that manner.

Highlights of the Garnet Mesa Solar farm include:

  • Construction labor head count of 350-400
  • Property tax estimate of $13 million over 15 years
  • Helps DMEA reach approximately 20% local power generation
  • Maintains community commitment to agricultural land use through the simultaneous use of land for both solar power generation and agriculture by utilizing approximately 1,000 sheep for grazing and vegetation management on the solar farm

“We are confident Garnet Mesa Solar will be a premier example of agriculture and energy co-existing together,” states Kent Blackwell, Interim CEO and Chief Technology Officer, DMEA.

The Garnet Mesa Solar project team is comprised of Guzman Energy, DMEA and Citra Power. The Citra team has significant expertise in renewable energy development, technical engineering, EPC management and oversight, project and portfolio acquisitions, and wholesale power procurement. Collectively, the Citra team has worked on thousands of Megawatts of now-operational wind, solar and energy storage projects.

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