Jackpot! Duke Energy begins operation of Idaho’s largest solar plant


By SB Staff January 27, 2023

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions has positioned into industrial operation the 120 MW Jackpot Solar venture in Twin Falls County, Idaho.

This is the group’s first utility-scale renewable energy venture within the state and is the most important solar facility in operation in Idaho. It will present energy to Idaho Power via a 20-year power buy settlement (PPA). At 120 MW of capability, the plant will generate sufficient electrical energy yearly to serve the energy wants of roughly 24,000 houses.

“Entering the Idaho solar market with such a major renewable project is very exciting for Duke Energy,” stated Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a nonregulated industrial model of Duke Energy. “Jackpot Solar will help strengthen the energy diversity in the state, and bring additional economic benefits to the state and Twin Falls County, while also supporting Idaho Power’s clean energy goals.”

Jackpot Solar will transfer Idaho Power towards its Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow goal of offering 100% clear energy by 2045.

“This project continues our commitment to clean energy while also helping us address the rapidly growing need for new resources to ensure we can provide reliable, affordable electricity to our customers,” stated Adam Richins, Idaho Power senior vp and COO.

SOLV Energy accomplished the engineering and building of the venture, which is positioned on 952 rural acres south of the town of Twin Falls, Idaho. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will personal and function the venture.

The venture employed about 200 employees at peak building. Along with oblique financial advantages that accompany solar venture growth, similar to elevated native spending within the service and building industries, the Jackpot Solar facility can even have a constructive financial impression on the local people by offering important tax revenues for the Filer Consolidated School District.

Additionally, the Duke Energy Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Shoshone Basin Rangeland Fire Protection Association to help the group’s efforts to boost the security of the residents in rural areas of Twin Falls County, Idaho.

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Tags: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, Idaho Power, Jackpot Solar, SOLV Energy, utility-scale


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