Natural Gas, Solar, Wind Combine In Colorado

The Harrison Resource Corporation has received approval from Weld County, Colorado commissioners to start development of a hybrid energy park that combines natural gas, solar, and wind power. Part of the energy park will also be used for a research facility which will allow engineers to study storage and grid integration.

Called the Niobrara Energy Park and so named for the Niobrara shale from where the center will draw natural gas, the energy center will also be one of largest data centers in the nation. The 640-acre park is approved for more than 40 land uses, and at least 200 acres of the park will be designated for solar power.

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The park is strategically located between two important energy providers – the first is the Cheyenne natural gas hub, which is said to deliver up to 7% of daily gas in the United States, and the second is the largest electric trading hub in the state of Colorado, making the Niobrara Energy Park an ideal place to study various energy systems and usage patterns.

The announcement of the new energy park comes just after we reported on a large photovoltaic plant opening in Colorado, and adds to the significant amount of wind power the state has been recently acquiring.

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