- How does a solar farm work?
The project will utilize polysilicon modules and a single-axis tracker system. With a single-axis tracker, the rows are arranged north-south, and the modules track east to west throughout the day, keeping the solar panels facing the sun. The modules produce direct current (DC) power and this flows to a central inverter (about the size of a 20’ shipping container) where the power is inverted to alternating current (AC) and passes through a transformer before being delivered to the HCE distribution system.
- How tall will the panels be?
The tracker will be below the maximum height of 12-feet, at just under 8 feet. When the tracker is in full tilt for early morning & late evening, the top of the modules will be about 10.5 feet off the ground.
- How will the project interconnect?
The project will interconnect with the HCE distribution system at the project fence.
- What kind of fence will be put in place?
The fence will be a game-friendly fence. Per the recommendation of the project wildlife consultant, Jonathan Lowsky, and with feedback from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the fence will be 8 ft in height with high visibility wire or regularly placed survey flagging along the top wire and at 5.5 ft to allow deer and elk to become accustomed to the fence and prevent fence jumping and entanglement.
- Will there be landscaping?
During the design process, RES engaged a landscape architecture firm, Design Concepts, from the Front Range, to balance existing scrub brush character with new vegetation. Within the fence the soils will be stabilized, post construction, with a native seed mix (an improvement over the existing non-native mix). Outside the fence, trees will be planted to visually break up the project line while preserving existing vegetation.