Carbon County, Utah has gone solar.
rPlus Energies developed the 104 MWdc/80 MWac Graphite Solar project, the company's first. The project was comissioned on July 12.
Graphite Solar will be fully owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy, a clean energy investment firm and independent power producer. Graphite Solar is Greenbacker's largest operating renewable energy asset.
Sundt Renewables provided engineering, procurement, and construction services.
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Graphite Solar has a long-term power purchase agreement with Pacifici Corp on behalf of social media giant Meta. The project will supply clean energy to Meta's data center in nearby Eagle Mountain.
The contract was developed under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34 green energy tariff, which helps sizable energy consumers source renewables to meet their clean energy targets.Developed by rPlus Energies, the 104 MW Graphite Solar project is located in Carbon County, Utah. The project is owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy. (Courtesy: rPlus Energies)
The energy transition is on display in Carbon County.
For the first time in 2021, coal was not extracted from the ground in Carbon County. Meanwhile, Graphite Solar was under construction, employing approximately 150 people from the local workforce.
Graphite Solar features 275,700 solar modules and required 1.5 miles of new transmission infrastructure to be built.