Idaho Power agreement ratified for solar delay

Grand View Solar One has an additional two years to complete a 10-MW project for Idaho Power under an agreement approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

The amended power purchase agreement gives the developer more time to complete a project that the utility maintains was to be completed in January of 2011.

Idaho Power Company and Grand View Solar One have proposed an operating date of Jan. 12, 2013. The project, 16 miles west of Mountain Home, will generate up to 10 MW. 

Idaho Power claims the scheduled online date was Jan. 30, 2011.  Grand View Solar One claimed it had a “rolling” scheduled operation date for which a deadline had not expired. Idaho Power is part of Idacorp (NYSE: IDA).

Grand View Solar One posted an $810,000 security for Idaho Power in case the project is not operating by Jan. 12, 2013. The project also paid $475,000 in a construction deposit. The agreement also states that if Idaho Power is the cause of any delays, the operation date can be extended to accommodate those delays without penalty to the developer. 

Commission staff stated it is inappropriate to allow any qualifying facility under provisions of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) to have a rolling scheduled operation date under which the project “can, in effect, unilaterally dictate when it wishes to come on-line.”