GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has started contracting for new solar power projects in western Colorado as it works to end operations at a coal-fired power plant and coal mine.
The utility will end its coal-fired power generation statewide to transition about half of its consumable energy to renewable sources by 2024, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports.
Tri-State serves 43 electric associations in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
The utility contracted with Juwi Solar Inc. to build two additional solar projects in Colorado including the Coyote Gulch Solar 120-megawatt project and the 110-megawatt Dolores Canyon Solar project, the utility said Wednesday.
Utility officials previously announced the Axial Basin Solar 145-megawatt project which has yet to be built near Meeker and Craig, officials said.