Garfield County Commission to Decide on CMC Solar Installation
Plans to build a 5.38 megawatt solar power plant on the Colorado Mountain College campus in Spring Valley will be presented to the Garfield County Council of Commissioners Monday afternoon.
Plans call for a trio of solar panels to be located on 22 acres of the larger 152-acre CMC site, accessible by County Road 114. The closest residential developments are Elk Springs and Pinyon Mesa, located to the northwest. from campus but not adjacent to the solar panel site.
The project is being developed by Ameresco Solar in partnership with the Holy Cross Energy Electric Cooperative to serve customers in the HCE service area. If approved, construction is expected to begin later this summer and take eight months to complete.
The county planning commission heard from the plans last month and recommended approval. No member of the public commented, but several reference agencies weighed in, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CPW said the development will likely have impacts on deer and elk populations, especially during the winter months. Unless the site is avoided, however, the agency recommended an off-site mitigation project to offset the habitat impacts.
“CPW believes that unless the project is avoided altogether, compliance with the minimization and mitigation measures should help offset the impacts on the elk and deer wintering grounds and on the wintering grounds. severe, ”the agency wrote in its comments.
A recommended condition of approval for the solar project is to fund a deer and elk habitat improvement program that will be in place before construction begins.
The proposal is due to be heard during the afternoon session of the BOCC meeting, starting at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Also on the agenda to start the day at 8 a.m. there will be a discussion by county commissioners regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission’s preliminary plans to redesign House District 57 and what would become Senate District 5 ( now SD8).
The current proposal would remove population centers in and around Rifle and Silt and a wide band south of Interstate 70 from HD57 and place it in HD55 along with the rural parts of Mesa counties and the northern Delta. This would effectively remove current state rep Perry Will, R-New Castle, from HD57, based on his Garfield Creek address.
The proposal also draws parts of Western Routt County into HD57, and in the case of the new Senate District adds part of Western Larimer County to the district now represented by State Senator Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale.
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