Thursday, December 17, 2015

New Iron County solar plant among 12 largest in North America

The state's first utility scale solar plant was officially commissioned in Iron County. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park operated by Scatec Solar will feed enough power for 18,500 homes into the grid under a 20-year contract with Rocky Mountain Power.

At a cost of $188 million, the 104-megawatt plant in Parowan is part of a renewable energy portfolio that will help get the state to an energy mix in which 25 percent of the power generated in Utah will be from renewables by 2025. The official "commissioning" of the plant — which included tours and remarks by company officials — will be followed by an official startup of the 630-acre photovoltaic solar facility. Once it fires up, it will be among the 12 largest plants of its kind in North America and the largest operated by Scatec Solar. KSL News