Cogentrix Solar trip 27jun2015
June 27, 2015
Tour of the Cogentrix Solar Plant
Trip leader: Brad Gagne, Cogentrix Plant Manager
The Cogentrix Alamosa Solar Project is the largest high concentrating solar photovoltaic power generation facility in the world. The site, on 225 acres in the San Luis Valley, was chosen for the outstanding sunlight characteristics which are necessary for concentrating photovoltaic technologies. The Alamosa Solar Project consists of over 500 dual-axis, pedestal mounted tracker assemblies, each capable of producing approximately 60 kW of electricity from the sun. Each tracker assembly is 70 feet wide by 50 feet high and contains 7,560 Fresnel lenses that concentrate sunlight by a multiple of 500 onto multijunction solar cells developed originally as part of the US space program. The solar facility is projected to generate approximately 76,000 MWh per year, which displaces approximately 249 million cubic feet of natural gas that would have been used by a comparable conventional natural gas–fired power plant. This eliminates the generation of approximately 43,250 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
We hope you can join us.