Scatec wins final approvals for 80-MW solar project in Utah

Scatec Solar said April 1 that it has received the final approvals necessary to proceed with the building of an 80 MW (ac) photovoltaic solar plant in Iron County, Utah.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp.

Construction is estimated to start in the third quarter of 2014 and when complete, the plant will be Utah’s largest solar energy generation facility.

“We are very proud to move into the next stage of development for the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park,” said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar. “With our experience gained from PV projects around the world, our team is well prepared to take on the challenges associated with realizing this large-scale solar power plant—and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring our expertise to this first utility-scale PV project in Utah.”  

The Utah Public Service Commission and Iron County Community Development and Renewal Agency granted Scatec Solar the final approvals.

“Energy development is one of Utah’s four cornerstones to continue to strengthen our economy,” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “By supporting projects like the Red Hills Renewable Energy Park and other utility-scale renewable energy facilities, Utah will remain a premier destination for business, jobs, and an enviable quality of life for our residents.”

Scatec Solar entered into the twenty-year PPA with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power for the purchase of all of the project’s energy output and capacity in December 2013, which is when it filed for an approval at the Utah Public Service Commission.

“The Red Hills Renewable Energy Park represents a major step forward in providing Rocky Mountain Power access to the superb solar power potential available in Utah,” said Luigi Resta, Managing Director of Scatec Solar North America.

“Rocky Mountain Power is committed to providing a bright energy future with renewable energy choices,” said Richard Walje, president and CEO. “Our contract with the Red Hills Renewable Energy Park is one big step of many to come to bring renewable energy opportunities while maintaining reasonable prices for customers.”

The ground-mounted photovoltaic solar facility is being developed on approximately 650 acres of privately-owned land in Parowan, Utah, it will deploy approximately 325,000 PV modules on a single-axis tracking system, and will interconnect to an existing PacifiCorp 138-kV line in the adjacent Parowan Valley Substation.

In addition to the United States, Scatec Solar is currently developing utility-scale projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe—including the recent completion of the 75-MW Kalkbult solar park in South Africa, currently the largest in Africa. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Scatec is present in a number of countries and geographies and has a rapidly expanding track record of more than 300 MW PV installations in regions with excellent solar irradiation and high return on investments.

Scatec Solar North America is based in Sausalito, Calif., and it develops, builds, owns, operates, and has sold turnkey, solar power solutions for on-grid applications, with a focus on utility-scale projects. Since its formation in January 2009, Scatec Solar has successfully developed over 55 MW of utility scale projects in California and Hawaii. The company also has mid- to late-stage development projects in Hawaii, Utah, Georgia and Texas.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.