Rifle organic farm cleared for large solar project | AspenTimes.com

Rifle organic farm cleared for large solar project

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – An organic farm near Rifle has won permission to build what the company says will be Colorado’s largest privately owned solar energy project.

The (Grand Junction) Sentinel reports that the Garfield County commissioners approved the proposal by Eagle Springs Organic on Tuesday. The company wants to install solar panels on nearly 78 acres on a mesa south of Interstate 70.

Owner Ken Sack says he said he eventually could put up enough panels to generate 19 megawatts. The farm would use 2 megawatts, with the rest sold to utilities or other customers.

Sack said his solar plan could cost about $4 million.

The farm currently includes about 1,200 acres and produces livestock, dairy and produce. Eagle Springs also raises tilapia.

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