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Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. In September 2019, Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America, and Lightsouce BP announced that they had formed an innovative long-term partnership to develop a 294 megawatt solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado in order to power the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill facility. EVRAZ North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of EVRAZ plc, one of the largest vertically integrated steel and mining businesses in the world.

Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement. It will be located on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

  • 294MWᴅᴄ
    /240MWᴀᴄ capacity
  • 433,770
    metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • 92,100
    fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)

EVRAZ North America is Xcel Energy’s largest retail electric customer in Colorado and one of Pueblo’s largest employers. With its 20-year, fixed rate structure, the project provides EVRAZ North America with predictable electricity prices and allows the mill, which employs about 1,000 workers, to stay in Pueblo and invest in its future. The project supports the broader Colorado Energy Plan, which will deliver 55% renewable energy to the grid by 2026 and reduce carbon emissions by 60%, as well as Xcel Energy’s bold vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Construction is expected to be completed by 2021.

  • 300
    local jobs created
  • $22M
    local tax revenue

“If you were wondering what a renewable energy future would look like, this is a great example.”  – Colorado Governor Jared Polis, speaking at the announcement press conference

 

Information & Resources

We’ve put together a collection of resources for anyone who’d like to know more about our Bighorn Solar project:

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Coverage

Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP are incredibly proud of this solar project, and the opportunities it will offer the organizations and the local communities. Find out more about the impacts this project will have below:

FAQs

We’ve received lots of interest in our Bighorn Solar project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

FAQs

Get in Touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email info@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.