Fuel Type: Solar photovoltaic
Net Capacity: 3.5 MW - capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 809 homes
Commercial Operations: December 6, 2016
Total Number of Solar modules: 10,332 - single-axis tracking system
Facility Size: 19 acres
Location: West 29th Street & Rio Blanco Ave. - west of Mehaffey Park
During the flood of the Big Thompson River in September 2013, the City of Loveland sustained significant damage to the Idylwilde hydroelectric facility. The Idylwilde Dam suffered damage to the super structure and the reservoir was completely filled in with silt, sediment and cobbles. Approximately 2,000 feet of the penstock pipe that ran adjacent to the Big Thompson River was destroyed. The Power House was flooded which compromised the electrical equipment within the facility.
On January 15, 2015, at Council’s direction, Loveland Water and Power (LWP) submitted two project scopes for the fixed sub-grant of $9,068,018 awarded by FEMA from the damage sustained to the Idylwilde Dam and penstock. One project scope was for the construction of a substation and the second was for the construction of a solar facility (3.5 MW) on the same site. The project scopes were approved by the State and FEMA on March 12, 2015. The project was completed at the end of August 2017. Please visit the project page for more detailed information, Foothills Solar and Substation project page.