DMEA Renewable Projects

Our renewable projects

Stewarding our resources and protecting the communities we all share.

Garnet Mesa Solar Farm

The Garnet Mesa Solar Project is a proposed 80 megawatt (MW) solar agrivoltaic generating facility located approximately 5 miles east of Delta near the intersection of G Rd and 2100 Rd. Guzman Energy, Citra Power, and DMEA are working together to develop the array, which, if completed, would increase DMEA’s local power resources to 20% and provide enough electricity for approximately 18,000 homes in the Uncompahgre Valley. The proposed 80 MW array will sit on 383 acres and produce 194,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. Visit to learn more.

Render of the Garnet Mesa Solar Farm

Community Solar Array

DMEA's Community Solar Array program provides members a more affordable way to enjoy the benefits of solar generated electricity. Please note DMEA’s Community Solar Array is currently sold out. Participants lease a portion of two 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic arrays. They receive a credit on their bill each month for the electricity their portion of the array produces. Leases begin as low as $10. Each $10 block provides participants with 2.67 watts of capacity in the Community Solar Array - an estimated annual bill credit of about $0.50.

Currently all leases are full. For information about future availability and how to be notified when leasing is available, please contact or 970-240-1258.

South Canal Project

The South Canal Hydroelectric Project is comprised of two small hydro turbines, totaling 7.5 MW, situated along the South Canal in Montrose, CO. DMEA and the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association partnered to develop the generation units, which produce approximately 27,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually. This is roughly equivalent to the power used by 3,000 homes in DMEA’s service territory. Electricity is produced during the irrigation season, April through October, to match the existing flow of water.It is estimated that the South Canal project, will eliminate more than 275,000 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere over a 30-year period, while producing about 6-7 megawatts (MW) of capacity annually.

South Canal History

If you live in the Uncompahgre Valley, you’re part of a vision that began more than 100 years ago.  In 1909, the fledgling U.S. Bureau of Reclamation revealed its first major project, the 5.8 mile Gunnison Tunnel, an engineering marvel and the longest irrigation tunnel in the world at the time. President William Howard Taft was present to officially open the tunnel, enabling our semi-arid zone to be transformed into a thriving agricultural community. A century later, that vision expanded when DMEA and the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) announced plans to construct a multi-million dollar hydroelectric plant along the South Canal. The plant delivers water from the Gunnison Tunnel to the valley. DMEA, together with the UVWUA, officially broke ground on the South Canal Hydroelectric Project on May 25, 2012. The project included the construction of two run-of-river intakes and two powerhouses that would operate without damming. The facilities are located on two of three, previously identified sites, labeled “Site 1” and “Site 3.” “Site 2” is reserved for potential development in the future.