Duke Energy's renewables development division announced the commercial operation of a 120 MW project in Twin Falls County, Idaho, touted as the state's largest to date.
The Jackpot Solar project is Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions' first utility-scale project in the state. The plant will generate enough electricity annually to serve the energy needs of roughly 24,000 homes.
Idaho Power secured a 20-year power purchase agreement for energy generated by Jackpot Solar to support the utility's goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045.
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SOLV Energy provided engineering, procurement, and construction work for the project. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project.
As recently as 2015, Idaho did not have a single utility-scale solar project. By the end of 2021, Idaho had 612 MW of solar capacity installed, representing an investment of $901 million, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Jackpot Solar becomes the largest single utility-scale project in Idaho, passing the 108 MW Grandview PV Solar Two project, which was installed in 2016.