New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Construction on Utah’s 1st Utility-Scale Solar Plant Complete

Construction on Utah's 1st Utility-Scale Solar Plant Complete

Scatec Solar ASA completed construction of Utah’s first utility-scale solar photovoltaic project in less than a year.

The104-MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park in Parowan, Utah more than doubles the state’s current solar energy production and is expected to generate about 210,000 megawatt-hours of electricity a year.

“This project is part of Rocky Mountain Power’s commitment to be good guardians of our environment and wise stewards who work to keep electricity prices at some of the lowest rates in the nation,” said Paul Clements, Rocky Mountain Power director of commercial services.

In 2008, Utah enacted the Energy Resource and Carbon Emission Reduction Initiative, setting a 2025 renewable energy goal of 20 percent and requiring utilities to pursue renewables whenever cost effective.

The Red Hills project, whose capacity is being fed into the grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power, is the first solar project in Utah with a capacity greater than 80 MW.