A regional energy project entering final planning stages this fall is set to become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power.
When finished the Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project will deliver roughly 150 megawatts of energy to thousands of homes and businesses in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park. The bump will nearly triple the amount of wind power the Platte River Power Authority currently sources.
At a public forum held Aug. 15 Platte River spokesman Steve Roalstad said the project’s 75 turbines would deliver enough energy to satisfy the annual needs of roughly 70,500 households.
“It’s enough to power the equivalent of every household in Fort Collins,” he said. “It’s going to make a huge change in the way we deliver energy to our customers.”
The turbines will be built on a 30,000-acre swath of private and state land just north of the Wyoming-Colorado border, he said.