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IBM To Install Their Largest Solar Farm Yet In Boulder

By Brian Spaen

IBM will be installing a six-megawatt solar farm near their campus in Boulder, Colorado. They’ll be working on the project with Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy Resources. It’s a move that coincides with Boulder’s goal of becoming 100 percent renewable by 2030. Notably, it will be the biggest photovoltaic system in the area.

The six-megawatt solar array will occupy 54 acres of IBM’s facility in Gunbarrel and will create 9.5 million kilowatt-hours annually. For perspective, that’s enough generated energy to supply over 1,000 homes in Colorado. It’s expected to be completed by the end of 2018, adding to the 25 megawatts of solar capacity that’s currently in the Boulder area. Their goal is to hit 100 megawatts by 2030.

“We’re excited about this project,” Brody Wilson, IBM’s Boulder Site Energy Coordinator, told the Left Hand Valley Courier. “[Especially] because this is a watershed moment that it can happen and it will be cash flow positive in the first year.”