Upon completion during the first half of 2016, the Comanche plant is expected to be the largest solar facility in east of the Rocky Mountains.

The $253m project is being financed through SunEdison’s $1.5bn non-recourse, First Reserve Warehouse facility.

SunEdison Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas executive vice-president Paul Gaynor said: "This facility is designed to expand as projects move into construction without incremental equity contributions by SunEdison."

Designed to reduce CO2 emission of more than 478 million pounds, the project is expected to generate more than 300GWh of energy annually to serve approximately 30,000 Colorado homes.

Power generated from the project will be sold to Public Service Company of Colorado, a unit of Xcel Energy, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES) will oversee the project construction, while SunEdison Services will undertake operation and maintenance of facility.

RES CEO Andrew Fowler said: "The Comanche Solar project will be RES’ second large scale renewable energy project in this state and our sixth cooperative project with SunEdison.

"Together we are creating jobs, reducing emissions, and delivering economic benefits to local communities."

The project was acquired by SunEdison in 2014 from Community Energy.