Solar energy in Colorado is about to see a massive boost. A planned solar farm in the southwestern part of the state will be producing over more than triple the amount of megawatts each year, than another in the state.

With Buc-ee's coming to Johnstown, Colorado, with 116 fuel pumps, it doesn't seem like the Centennial State is all that worried about fossil fuels; this large solar farm, however will bring jobs and large-scale use of renewable energy.

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By 2026, Colorado will be home to one of the country's largest solar farms, the Sun Bear Solar Farm, according to KSUT, at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.

Where Will this New Solar Farm be in Colorado?

It will on land owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation, near the Four Corners area.

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How Big, Exactly, Will this New Solar Farm in Colorado Be?

  • Eight miles long.
  • One mile wide.
  • 4,200 acres.
  • 2.2 million solar panels.
  • Megawatts: 756.

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How Many Solar Farms Are in Colorado?

We have close to 30 (27) so far. When Sun Bear comes online in 2026 (expected,) it will make 28. The largest solar farm to date is the Bighorn Solar Project in Pueblo, which generates 300+ megawatts of energy, annually.

Where Will the Megawatts form the New Solar Farm be Going to?

The renewable energy generated from Sun Bear will be a part of the Western Area Power Administration's power grid. Though it's not clear, at this time, where the power will go, the 756 megawatts could provide power to nearly 215,000 homes.

How Many Jobs Will the Solar Farm be Brining to the Area?

They estimated 500-1,000 jobs will be created in the construction of the Sun Bear Farm, with an unspecified amount to operate the facility, after it begins operation.

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