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Alamosa Solar Facility Begins Generating 3.6MW of Renewable Energy

SunEdison, North America's largest solar energy services provider, has announced that the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant in Alamosa, Colorado, began generating 44 percent of its capacity, about 3,6 megawatts (MW) direct current (DC) on August 31, 2007 for Xcel Energy. The first phase of the project broke ground in April 2007.

When completed by December 31, 2007, the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant, one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the U.S., will have an immediate and measurable impact on the environment and energy production. The plant will produce 8.22 MW DC, enough clean energy to power 1,500 homes. In addition, the system will reduce yearly carbon emissions equal to 2,840 automobiles driving 12,500 miles annually.

"The Alamosa solar facility is expected to play an important role in Colorado's renewable energy mix," said Karen Hyde, Xcel Energy vice president of resource planning and acquisition. "The energy produced by the facility will help Xcel Energy meet provisions of Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard, which requires large utilities to generate 20 percent of its power through renewable energy sources by 2020."

Added Tom Rainwater, CEO of SunEdison, "Xcel Energy is clearly committed to providing clean energy for its customers. This is a key milestone on the road to creating policies and solutions that meet energy needs and benefit citizens of Colorado and the environment."

SunEdison is building, financing and will maintain the Alamosa Photovoltaic Solar Plant. Xcel Energy will buy the solar power generated by the Alamosa plant as well as the renewable energy credits. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory rates the San Luis Valley, home to Alamosa, as having the best solar power conditions in Colorado.

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