Utah’s first ‘utility-scale’ solar

Utah’s first large utility-scale solar has gone on-line on private land west of Parowan. The 80-megawatt Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, part of a solar-energy construction boom expected to increase the state’s generating capacity by 915 megawatts.Red Hills

Photo by Brian Maffly

The Norwegian firm Scatec Solar built and operates the project’s 340,700 photovoltaic panels on 632 private acres. The $188 million project is capable of generating 210 million kilowatt hours a year, enough to power 18,500 homes, but it will soon be eclipsed by larger solar farms slated for Utah’s sunbathed southwest corner.

Under a 20-year agreement, Rocky Mountain Power will purchase this power. Utah’s largest utility will also purchase power from about 20 other projects under development in Iron, Beaver and Millard counties.

Brian Maffly reports in The Salt Lake Tribune.

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