Guzman Energy has been approved by the Delta County Board of Commissioners to obtain a limited use permit that will allow it to install and operate the Garnet Mesa solar project in Southern Delta County, Colo.
Garnet Mesa Solar, when complete, will produce more that 194,000 MWh each year. The Delta-Montrose Electric Association will purchase a portion from the solar farm, and Guzman Energy will take the rest to supply additional wholesale customers.
“We are thrilled with the Delta County Board of Commissioners unanimous decision to approve the limited use permit to install and operate the Garnet Mesa Solar project,” says Robin Lunt, chief strategy officer at Guzman Energy. “We are grateful for the time and attention the community and County officials gave to the process.”
The Garnet Mesa Solar team has received the limited use permit. Now, they will be focusing on the next phases in engineering and procurement planning. After the engineering and procurement planning cycles, construction resource details and timing details will be released. Garnet Mesa’s Solar farm construction site is currently irrigated, and is being used for grazing.
“With the commissioners’ approval, we are one step closer to securing a significant amount of local affordable energy. Together, with Guzman Energy, we are driving rate stability for our members,” states Kent Blackwell, interim CEO and chief technology officer at DMEA. “We are confident Garnet Mesa Solar will be a premier example of agriculture and energy co-existing together.”
Guzman Energy, DMEA, and Citra Power make up Garnet Mesa’s Solar project team. The Citra team is skilled in renewable energy development, technical Engineering, EPC management, oversight, portfolio acquisitions, wholesale power procurement, and portfolio acquisitions.