Kersey solar farm begins operation

KERSEY – A solar array in the Town of Kersey now generates power used by members of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association.

The PVREA and Silicon Ranch Corporation announced in a press release Tuesday that the 3.5 megawatt, 30-acre solar facility in Kersey is now operational. More than 40,000 solar panels at the facility track the sun from east to west and provide enough power to power more than 600 households annually.

The Platte Valley Solar Farm is on the northwest corner of Weld County Road 55 and Latham Street in Kersey. The project site is near Platte Valley High School. Silicon Ranch and PVREA are working to create educational opportunities for students to learn about solar power.

Silicon Ranch, a Nashville, Tenn., company and one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, funded the construction and will own and operate the facility for the long-term, according to the announcement. Silicon Ranch hired McCarthy Building Companies to construct the facility, which hired local labor and local subcontractors for the three-month construction project.

PVREA will receive all the energy the facility produces. PVREA has previously partnered with Silicon Ranch on three other solar projects. More information is available here.