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Three solar projects are set to open this year in Montezuma County

Greenback Renewable Energy Co. acquires solar operations
A 5-megawatt solar project is being planned for 52 acres west of U.S. Highway 491, northwest of Cortez. It would be constructed by Cortez Solar 2 LLC, a subsidiary of OneEnergy Development. Empire Electric Association would purchase the power. (Montezuma County Planning Department)

After two years from a proposal to build a solar project in northwest Cortez by OneEnergy Renewables, three solar projects are now set to open this year.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. acquired the Cortez projects, which produces a total of 12 megawatts in direct current for commercial operation.

The solar facilities consist of Rocky Ford (2.6 MWdc) southeast of Cortez, Totten (2.8 Mwdc) near Totten Lake and Montezuma (6.5 MWdc) northwest of Cortez off County Road 24.

The project was approved two years ago, The Journal reported, with a mitigation process to find solutions for residents who opposed the construction.

According to a news release, Greenbacker purchased the facilities through a fully owned subsidiary to get the projects running in the Four Corners area for long-term power.

Greenbacker owns several dozen solar energy projects in Colorado, producing more than 115 MWdc of solar energy projects, where over 100 MWdc are operational.

The three Cortez projects are part of Greenbacker’s second portfolio-level acquisition with OneEnergy. This deal also includes solar energy assets in Iowa, Wisconsin and Maryland.

Their first portfolio-level included eight sights in 2021 from four solar farms in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

OneEnergy will continue to be involved with Cortez’s three solar projects through the engineering, procurement and construction process.