Idaho Power has contracts with a number of in-progress renewables projects

Idaho Power has a number of solar and other renewable energy power purchase agreements worked out under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) for projects that are due to come on-line over the next couple of years.

Randy Allphin, employed by Idaho Power as the Energy Contracts Coordinator Leader, listed the projects in a Jan. 30 filing at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission in a case involving suggested changes in the utilitiy’s PURPA program.

The upcoming solar projects with contracts are:

  • American Falls Solar II LLC, located Power County, Idaho, 20 MW project size, due for operation in December 2016;
  • American Falls Solar LLC, Power County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Boise City Solar LLC, Ada County, Idaho, 40 MW, January 2016;
  • Clark Solar 1 LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 71 MW, December 2016;
  • Clark Solar 2 LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Clark Solar 3 LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 30 MW, December 2016;
  • Clark Solar 4 LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Grand View PV Solar Two, Elmore County, Idaho, 80 MW, September 2016;
  • Grove Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Hyline Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Mountain Home Solar LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Murphy Flat Power LLC, Owhyee County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Open Range Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Orchard Ranch Solar LLC, Ada County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Pocatello Solar 1 LLC, Power County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Railroad Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Simco Solar LLC, Elmore County, Idaho, 20 MW, December 2016;
  • Thunderegg Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016; and
  • Vale Air Solar Center LLC, Malheur County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016.

The upcoming hydro projects with PURPA contracts are:

  • Clark Canyon Hydroelectric, Beaverhead County, Montana, 7.55 MW, June 2017;
  • Head of U Canal Project, Jerome County, Idaho, 1.28 MW, May 2015; and
  • Little Wood River Ranch II, Shoshone County, Idaho, 1.25 MW, June 2015.

The in-the-works wind projects with PURPA contracts are:

  • Benson Creek Windfarm, Baker County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Durbin Creek Windfarm, Baker County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Jett Creek Windfarm, Baker County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016;
  • Prospector Windfarm, Baker County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016; and
  • Willow Spring Windfarm, Baker County, Oregon, 10 MW, December 2016.

Allphin noted: “Over the last several weeks, Idaho Power has received requests for eight additional PURPA solar agreements totaling 186 MW, a request from a single developer for five 80 MW pumped storage hydroelectric PURPA energy sales agreements totaling 400 MW, and numerous other energy sales agreement inquires. Additional project requests for generator interconnection have also been received, in excess of an additional 200 MW, in which the projects have stated their desire to sell QF energy to the Company; however, these projects have not yet requested QF energy sales agreements.”

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