The solar facility was developed and constructed by First Solar, which will also provide operation and maintenance services for the plant under a long-term contract.

The companies acquired the facility from First Solar in March 2010 and electricity generated by the plant will be supplied to the member electric cooperatives of Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

The 364-acre plant site is located within the service territory of Tri-State member system Springer Electric Cooperative in Colfax County and is adjacent to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch.