Colorado, it seems, really is becoming a renewable energy mecca. The latest indication is SunPower Corp.'s announcement that it is seeking to build a gigantic photovoltaic solar power plant for Xcel Energy Inc. in the Alamosa area, near the New Mexico border, writes The Associated Press . The 17-megawatt plant, which is big enough to power 15,000 homes, will be the second largest of its kind in North America when completed sometime next year--as long as the Public Utility Commission approves the project (viaÂ Reuters Â andÂ The Wall Street Journal ). The plant should help Xcel achieve a legal obligation to provide up to 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy such as wind and solar power by 2010, according toÂ The Denver Post . Meanwhile, in a semi-related story, at dawn this morning, devout Jews in Colorado and around the world celebrated Birkat Hachamah--the Blessing of the Sun (viaÂ 9News ).