Scatec Solar has secured final approvals from the Utah Public Service Commission and Iron County Community Development and Renewal Agency for the construction of an 80MW (AC) PV solar plant in US.
To be developed in Iron County on approximately 650 acres of privately-owned land in Parowan, the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will be equipped with 325,000 PV modules on a single-axis tracking system and will generate around 210 million kWh of electricity per year.
Power generated from the project will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp.
Construction of the project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2014 and upon completion, it is claimed to be Utah's largest solar energy generation facility.
Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said, "With our experience gained from PV projects around the world, our team is well prepared to take on the challenges associated with realising 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."
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said energy development is one of Utah's four cornerstones to continue to strengthen the economy.
"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," Herbert said.
Scatec Solar entered into the 20-year PPA with PacifiCorp for the purchase of all of the project's energy output and capacity in December 2013.
Scatec Solar North America managing director Luigi Resta said, "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."
The ground-mounted photovoltaic solar facility will interconnect to an existing PacifiCorp 138kV line in the adjacent Parowan Valley Substation.
Image: Scatec Solar to build 80MW Utah solar park. Photo: courtesy of Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.