AES’ Cramer Creek solar-plus-storage project is a planned clean energy facility that will incorporate the most advanced solar and energy storage technologies. The project is designed to minimize impact on the local environment and will support Colorado’s clean energy goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040.
395 MW solar plus 395 MW storage capacity
Enough clean energy to power 198,840 homes annually
Crowley County, Colorado, off County Lane 8
4,000 acres of privately owned land will host the project
Provides clean energy to Xcel Energy customers
2027 estimated operational date
Late 2025 estimated construction start
Up to 25-year project life with AES as long-term owner operator
Expected project timeline
Economic and environmental benefits
Utilizes land near existing electric grid infrastructure to minimize need for new overhead transmission lines
Will be designed in accordance with the latest applicable codes, safety standards, security, lighting, landscaping and noise requirements
Expected economic benefits include $35 million in tax revenue and 250 local jobs during construction and operations.
1.5 million+ MWh carbon-free electricity each year
623,801 tons of CO2 emissions expected to be offset each year, equivalent to the emissions generated by burning nearly 115 million gallons of gasoline in one year
$1.4 billion estimated capital investment into the economy over the project life
$35 million estimated tax revenue over the project life
Project will increase patronage to local businesses and services through an expanded workforce
AES cultivates local partnerships with organizations for economic and social impact
Low-cost supply of clean energy at a long-term fixed cost over the project lifetime
No permanent service requirements for the site, including the use of water and sewer
AES is deeply committed to working with the community, area leaders, policymakers and regulators to responsibly develop and operate all of its clean energy projects. Our strategic approach is to engage early and often with local stakeholders to share information about the project and most importantly, gather feedback to address issues that may arise. This proactive approach to stakeholder engagement is intended to ensure the local community’s questions and concerns are addressed and enable timely approvals.
Environmental and technical studies
AES’ Cramer Creek solar project was studied extensively and carefully planned to have no negative impact on regulated habitats; threatened and endangered species or cultural/historical resources. AES is conducting ongoing consultations with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure we avoid unwanted impact on the land.
Biological Resources review – Completed December 2021
Site visit to look for presence of T&E species and waterbodies
Biological Studies – Completed December 2021
Wetlands and waterbodies
Sensitive species’ habitat
FEMA Flood Plain Analysis – Completed December 2021
Boundary & Topographic survey – Completed March 2022
FAA Determination of No Hazard – Completed April 2022
Desktop Geotechnical survey – Completed May 2022
Phase 1 ESA – Completed August 2022
ALTA Survey – Completed October 2022
Preliminary Geotechnical site investigation – In Progress
CPW – Wildlife coordination – In Progress
SHPO – Cultural Resources memo – In Progress
USF&W – Species coordination – In Progress
AES’ Cramer Creek project will be visible from County Lane 8 facing south or southeast. The solar project will be set back to the left in the photo.
AES’ Cramer Creek project will be visible from County Lane 8 facing northeast. The solar project will be set back in the center of the photo.
AES is committed to being a good neighbor to the Crowley County community. We value our relationships with local partners and community members, and we work diligently to maximize the positive impact our clean energy projects have on local communities. Our projects are intentionally developed to create lasting positive benefits for landowners and to create significant economic opportunities in the community over the life of the project, without burdening existing infrastructure.
This is why we collaborate with a broad cross section of community leaders from government, local business, education, social services and residents to identify opportunities where AES can provide financial support, volunteerism and other types of partnership to support high-impact initiatives, programs and institutions in the local communities.
AES current local community engagement
Member of Crowley Chamber of Commerce
Working with 4-H at the CSU Extension
Workforce Development Program created for Colorado residents for solar installation training and certification