Denver Federal Center Solar Production

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The Denver Federal Center (DFC) is committed to becoming the most sustainable government campus in the United States by 2020. To help meet this goal, the DFC installed an 8 Megawatt DC photo voltaic system, which provides approximately 22% of the DFC’s electrical needs annually.

Most of Colorado’s energy comes from coal-burning plants. Other sources that are used throughout the state include oil, hydro power, wind and solar power. Because Colorado has an average of 300 sunny days each year, solar energy is a great alternative. Solar power does not produce any air pollution, hazardous waste or noise pollution. It does not contribute to global warming and emits no greenhouse gasses. The DFC PV systems reduce Denver area pollution by 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 2,445 metric tons of methane, and 44,000 metric tons of nitrous oxide per year. For more details and a virtual tour of the DFC solar systems, please view the (non-government website).

The combined capacity of all of the 623-acre campus solar arrays is enough to power 1,064 residential homes for one year. GSA’s first 1.2 MW PV system came on line in December 2007. Two year later, GSA received additional funding to add nearly 7 MW more solar, so a second 3.3 MW PV system came on line in December of 2010, and a third 3.5 MW PV system followed in November of 2011. “Green” efforts are something that GSA takes serious. The agency is focused on creating a more sustainable government by becoming a leader in innovative, greener solutions and technologies for federal agencies.

The public is welcome to come to the DFC at your convenience and experience a self-guided solar park tour with on site interpretive signs. That park is located off of North Avenue and Third Street, visible to those driving along 6th Avenue. The DFC is open to the public during the hours of 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More campus information is available on our overview page.

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