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Idaho Power Submit Contracts For Solar Projects

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Idaho Power submitted contracts to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Friday for two solar projects proposed by private developers who will sell their output to the utility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

If the contracts are approved and the projects completed, they could add up to 120 megawatts of solar-generated electricity to Idaho Power’s grid in 2016. Grand View PV Solar Two proposes an 80 MW installation about 20 miles southeast of Mountain Home. The Boise City Solar project would generate up to 40 MW at a site on South Cloverdale Road between Boise and Kuna.

Boise City Solar is scheduled to begin operation by Jan. 16, 2016, and Grand View is scheduled to begin operation by July 1, 2016.

The 120 MW represents maximum output during ideal conditions; the amount of energy actually generated will vary depending on the time of day and weather conditions; 120 MW is enough to power about 83,000 average-sized homes.

Both projects are seeking 20-year contracts. Idaho Power would pay around $72-74 per megawatt-hour for the energy, levelized over the life of the contracts.


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