GCEA gets the majority of its electricity from Tri-State Generation & Transmission, a wholesale power supplier owned by the 42 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State allows member cooperatives to generate up to 7% of their electricity locally. GCEA wishes to take greater advantage of this opportunity through the development of a 2 megawatt DC solar array on the Avalanche Park site. The Avalanche Park site is an approximately 8.5-acre tract of land located within a larger 71-acre parcel, at the southern edge of the Town of Crested Butte, owned by the Town of Crested Butte. Most of the 71-acre parcel is encumbered by a steep hillside, but the 8.5-acre tract is relatively flat and has southern and eastern exposure which may allow for utility-scale solar development. The Avalanche Park site contains identified avalanche hazards, and the Town of Crested Butte has indicated a willingness to participate in site preparation (including tree and vegetation removals) and the installation of avalanche mitigation structures as may be deemed necessary. The Town of Crested Butte may also be willing to make this property available for solar development at a minimal lease rate in order to keep power generation and renewable attribute premiums to a minimum while still helping the Town to meet its Climate Action Plan, greenhouse gas reduction goals.