Xcel Energy's Windsource program will supply 100 percent of the electricity used at the U.S. Mint at Denver, making it one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy in Colorado.
"The U.S. Mint at Denver is committed to resource conservation and finding ways of using alternative sources of energy in the production of America's coinage," said Guillermo Hernandez, spokesman at the Denver facility.
The purchase by the Mint is equivalent to offsetting nearly 25.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide, which in turn is equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 1,500 homes, 2,225 automobiles, or the propane cylinders of 484,807 home barbecues.
The partnership with Xcel Energy helps support renewable energy projects in Colorado, such as the recently announced 252.2 megawatts (MW) Cedar Point Wind project located primarily in Lincoln and Elbert Counties, Colorado. Cedar Point Wind is the first wind project in Colorado using wind turbines manufactured in Colorado. The project contributes significantly to the Colorado economy in the form of manufacturing jobs, construction jobs, property taxes, and lease payments to farmers who are still able to use their land for agricultural purposes.
- Daily News staff report