In September 2011, the Department of Energy issued a $90.6 million loan guarantee to finance Alamosa, a 29.3-MW high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar generation project. It is one of the first utility-scale HCPV projects in the U.S. and the largest HCPV generation facility in the world. The project started commercial operations in April 2012.
Alamosa uses innovative HCPV systems, consisting of concentrating optics and multi-junction solar cell panels that are controlled by a dual-axis tracking system. The tracking system rotates and tilts the cells throughout the day so the surface of the solar panel maintains an optimal angle with respect to the sun. The multi-junction solar cells are nearly 40% efficient – about double the efficiency of more traditional PV panels used in areas with high amounts of direct sunlight.
Alamosa created 75 construction jobs and hundreds of supply chain jobs across several states, including California, Massachusetts, and Ohio. It is expected to support 10 permanent operations jobs.
Alamosa is expected to generate approximately 58,000 MWh of clean energy per year. It is expected to prevent more than 34,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
KEPCO & COPA Fund
|Loan Program||Title XVII|
|Loan Type||Loan Guarantee|
|Loan Amount 1|
|ENERGY SUMMARY||Issuance Date|
|Projected Annual Generation 2|
|Permanent U.S. Jobs Supported||5|
|U.S. Construction Jobs Supported 3||75|
|CO2 Emissions Prevented Annually||34,000 Metric Tons|
All information up-to-date as of April 2018.
1 Approximate amount of the loan facility approved at closing including principal and any capitalized interest.
2 Calculated using the project's and NREL Technology specific capacity factors. For cases in which NREL's capacity factors do not encompass project's specific design and operation, project specific capacity factors are used.3 Estimated at the time of closing.