The project will be supported by the nearest Meta data center in Kuna, I.D
SALT LAKE CITY, May 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — rPlus Energies, a national leader in the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects, announced that it has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Idaho Power for a new 200 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Ada County, Idaho. The project, called Pleasant Valley Solar, is currently the largest contracted solar facility in the Idaho system.
During construction, the project is expected to involve many local suppliers, bringing significant revenue to the region, benefiting local businesses and creating approximately 220 construction-related jobs.
“There is plenty of sunshine Idaho – and we at rPlus Energies are proud to help the state achieve a smart approach to energy independence and take full advantage of this abundant energy source,” said rPlus Energies President and CEO. Luigi Resta. “The Pleasant Valley Solar project will play a critical role in providing reliable and sustainable renewable energy while providing strong economic growth and jobs to the state.”
The Pleasant Valley Solar project received the PPA through a negotiated process with Meta (formerly a Facebook company) and Idaho Power. This PPA was made possible by a collaborative effort between Meta and Idaho Power to develop a special Energy Services Agreement that will allow Meta to access renewable energy sources to support local operations. The project will supply power to the Idaho Power system and contribute to Meta’s goal of supporting 100% of its operations with renewable energy. In particular, the output from the project will go to the same network that supports the new Meta data center Kuna, I.D.
“Meta is committed to minimizing our environmental impact in the communities where we live and work, and central to this goal is the creation, construction and operation of energy-efficient data centers powered by renewable energy,” he said. Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Meta. “One of the main factors when choosing Idaho for our new data center in 2022, and Meta is proud to partner with Idaho Power and rPlus Energies to help bring even more renewable energy to the Treasure Valley grid.”
Pleasant Valley Solar will significantly increase the amount of renewable energy on the Idaho Power system. The company is actively moving towards its goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045.
“This is an important milestone for Idaho Power,” said the president and CEO of Idaho Power Lisa Grove. “Pleasant valley will be not only the largest solar project on our system, but also an example of how our Clean Energy Your Way program can help us partner with customers to achieve their own clean energy goals. We look forward to working with Meta as the future of clean energy takes shape Idahoincluding Idaho Power’s own goal of providing its customers with 100% clean energy by 2045.”
rPlus Energies has selected Sundt Renewables (“Sundt”) to provide design, procurement and construction (EPC) services for Pleasant Valley Solar. Sundt has significant experience in the region, including the rPlus-developed 80 MW Graphite Solar project in Carbon County, Utah that reached industrial exploitation in June 2022 as well as the 200 MW Appaloosa Solar 1 project currently under construction in the Iron County, Utah.
Pleasant Valley Solar is expected to begin construction later this year.
About rPlus Energies
rPlus is a team of dedicated energy industry professionals who work together to develop large-scale renewable energy and electricity storage projects in USA. rPlus specializes in bringing projects to market through partnerships with the private sector, municipalities, utilities and leading technology and service providers. Its portfolio consists of a strategic mix of solar, solar, wind and pumped storage. rPlus projects contribute to the economic and technological modernization of America’s energy systems. The headquarters of rPlus is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and operates as a subsidiary of Gardner Group.
About Idaho Power
Idaho Power is headquartered in a busy and fast-growing Boise, Idahohas been a local energy company since 1916. Today it serves an area of 24,000 square miles Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a leader in clean energy, providing reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric plants at the heart of a diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay for electricity at the lowest rates in the nation. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 620,000 customers with a culture of safety first, honesty at all times and respect for all.
IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), the independent public parent company of Idaho Power, also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit idahopower.com or idacorpinc.com.
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