- Pitkin County Solar is a 5 MWac ground-mounted single-axis tracker photovoltaic facility consisting of approximately 18,000 solar modules. The project will produce enough energy to serve up to 1,000 homes per year and offset roughly 8,750 metric tons of CO2 per year – the equivalent to taking 2,000 cars off the road.
- Pitkin County Solar will be located within one mile of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, on approximately 35 acres (of a 55-acre parcel) of previously disturbed land owned by Aspen San and formerly utilized as a biosolids disposal dry land farming site. As a result of its previous land use, the Aspen San site has been leveled, with boulders removed and placed around the property’s eastern perimeter. The non-native vegetative ground cover planted during Aspen San’s earlier operations still dominates the site today. The property is bisected by high voltage overhead transmission lines and secured by barb wire fencing. The existing environmental characteristics of the site which made the property ideal for its previous land use also make it an optimal location for the development of the proposed solar farm.
- The project will be fenced and interconnect to HCE’s 24.9 kV local distribution line.
- The project site is located at an elevation of 7,500 ft, contains no surface water features, is not located in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain, and does not contain riparian habitat, wetlands, or other sensitive habitats. There are no geologic hazards, and fire risk is low.
- The project will not affect any threatened and endangered species.