Amid natural gas boom, Colo. town taps solar |

Amid natural gas boom, Colo. town taps solar

RIFLE, Colorado ” One of the communities in the bull’s eye of Colorado’s natural gas boom is turning to the sun to start powering some city facilities.

Rifle, about 180 miles west of Denver, will use three arrays of solar panels to produce electricity for a water pump station and a new wastewater treatment plant. The panels will generate a total of 2.3 megawatts, making it one of the largest municipal photovoltaic solar projects in the country.

The panels that power the water pump is already working and the other system is expected to be completed by year’s end. SunEdison is financing, installing and operating the solar-power systems under a 20-year agreement with Rifle.

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