Idaho Power boosts energy with photovoltaic solution

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RICHFIELD, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Over the past year, Idaho Power worked to improve power quality in remote locations.

To accomplish this, they launched a pilot project near Richfield, using 72 solar panels.

Engineers say this is also cost effective substitute to install a line or voltage regulating devices.

The 18–kilowatt system is called a photovoltaic solution, which is the first of its kind in the Gem State.

"This is a unique individual situation in which photovoltaics actually solve the low voltage issues out here and get the voltage within standard so we can maintain power quality out here," said Patrick Perry, an engineer at Idaho Power.

With its success, engineers plan to do more cost effective projects like this in the future, whether it be photovoltaic or battery solutions.

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