Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Millard County poised to get Utah's largest solar project

If the Provo-based Energy Capital Group can successfully negotiate power purchase agreements and get plugged in, it will deliver one of the country's largest utility-scale solar projects from Millard County — and the first for Utah. In May, the company secured a lease to 1,754 acres from the School Institutional and Trust Lands Administration for a field of single-axle tracking panels to follow the sun's course in the sky.

The $600 million project would ultimately create 200 construction jobs and generate enough energy to power 80,000 homes. It would hook into the Intermountain Power Plant at Delta and include a high-voltage, direct-current line that goes directly to California because of market conditions driven by state requirements.

The company has been working with Millard County to secure a conditional-use permit and is also going through the state application process for Utah Alternative Energy Development incentives. KSL