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Utah’s first solar plant among 12 largest in North America

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue | KSL

PAROWAN — The state’s first utility scale solar plant was officially commissioned Thursday, shining a new light on an era of renewable energy for Utah by more than doubling its solar footprint.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park operated by Scatec Solar will feed enough power for 18,500 homes into the grid under a 20-year contract with Rocky Mountain Power.

At a cost of $188 million, the 104-megawatt plant in Parowan is part of a renewable energy portfolio that will help get the state to an energy mix in which 25 percent of the power generated in Utah will be from renewables by 2025.

Thursday’s official “commissioning” of the plant — which included tours and remarks by company officials — will be followed by an official startup next week of the 630-acre photovoltaic solar facility.

“The commissioning of the Utah plant is a significant landmark for Scatec Solar. The fact that we were able to build this 104 MW plant within 12 months is the proof of our company’s capability to deploy solar power rapidly,” said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar ASA. “The Utah plant also underlines the importance of delivering results and choosing partners whose core values match our own — in this case, Swinerton, Google and Prudential Capital Group.”(…)

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