Denver Federal Center Going Green

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Green Wombat is reporting that SunEdison has won a government contract to build a $6.9M solar array to provide 1-Megawatt of power to the Denver Federal Center. The array will be built on a 6-acre plot adjacent to 6th avenue in Lakewood. Construction will begin early Fall 2007 and should be generating electricity by mid-December 2007, according to a SunEdison press release (pdf).

According to the press release above, the solar array should produce 10% of the of the peak demand on the one square mile campus. 1-Megawatt is equivalent to the energy used to power 145 homes over a one year span. This brings the Denver Federal Center of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) closer to Colorado's Renewable Energy Source (RES) initiative, passed in 2005 by Colorado voters. As part of the initiative, Xcel Energy must produce 20% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

The GSA supplies jobs to over 1.1 million Americans in 347 million square feet of office space. Every little bit of sustainability helps.