Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a non-regulated commercial brand of Duke Energy. Construction has begun on the 120 MW Jackpot Solar Project in Twin Falls County. This is the organization’s first utility-scale renewable energy project in the state and, once complete, it will be the largest solar facility in operation in Idaho. Jackpot Solar, which is expected be commercially operational by the end 2022, will provide electricity to Idaho Power through a 20 year power purchase agreement.
Idaho Power is working towards achieving its Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow goal, which is to provide 100% clean electricity by 2045. The company purchases certified renewable energy and sells the renewable energy credits (RECs), to offset power supply costs, and keep customer prices low.
“We’re excited to enter into the Idaho market and be a part of the state’s transition toward a cleaner energy future,” says Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “Jackpot Solar will help diversify the state’s energy infrastructure, bring additional economic benefits to the state and Twin Falls County, while also supporting Idaho Power’s clean energy goals.”
“Providing 100 percent clean energy is an important goal for Idaho Power, and more and more customers are telling us it is important to them, too,” comments Lisa Grow, Idaho Power’s president and CEO. “We have a great head start, thanks to our clean hydropower plants that remain our largest source of energy.”
Swinerton Renewable Energy will do the engineering and construction of the project. It will be located on 952 acres south of Twin Falls. The project will be managed and owned by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.
The Duke Energy Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Shoshone Basin Rangeland Fire Protection Association to support the organization’s efforts to enhance the safety of the citizens in rural areas of Twin Falls County, Idaho.
“Safety is a top priority for us,” adds Fallon. “We’re proud to be a part of this community and help fund the equipment and services that will enable the Shoshone Basin emergency responders to continue to maintain the safety of area residents and businesses.”