Crossroads Agriculture to build two solar projects in Colorado

Crossroads Agriculture, a subsidiary of Soloviev Group, has announced plans to construct two solar projects with a combined capacity of more than 1 GW in Colorado, US. No financial details were disclosed, although Crossroads expects electricity costs to be notably lower than from the coal-fired power plants they will replace. The projects have the capacity to power nearly 250,000 US households. Crossroads collaborated with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to construct the solar projects. 

Through the partnership, Crossroads aims to develop the projects on more than 7,500 acres of farmland in the Eastern Plains of Colorado, close to Haswell and Cheyenne Wells. Reportedly, the Eastern Plains region of Colorado may accommodate solar installations due to an abundance of sunlight. According to the company, solar power projects can last up to 30 years, allowing the agriculture and groundwater aquifer below to regenerate.

Earlier this month, Masdar concluded the purchase of a 50 per cent interest in EDF Renewables North America’s solar and battery storage project. Located in California, the Big Beau project includes a 128 MW alternating current photovoltaic solar plant and a 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). The solar and BESS facility is one of eight projects with a 1.6 GW capacity that the duo agreed to jointly develop.