Duke Energy Commences Operation of Idaho Most Extensive Solar Facility
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a commercial brand of Duke Energy, has announced the commencement of commercial operation of the 120-megawatt (MW) Jackpot Solar project in Twin Falls County, Idaho. As the largest solar facility in Idaho, the Jackpot Solar project will supply Idaho Power with renewable energy through a 20-year power purchase agreement. The plant will generate enough electricity to serve approximately 24,000 households annually. The project marks Duke Energy’s first renewable energy project in Idaho and SOLV Energy completed the engineering and construction of the project.
The development of the Jackpot Solar project will move Idaho Power closer to achieving its Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow target of delivering 100% clean energy by 2045. Senior Vice President and COO of Idaho Power, Adam Richins, said that the Jackpot Solar project is a testament to the company’s commitment to clean energy while addressing the need for new resources to provide affordable and reliable electricity to its customers.
The Jackpot Solar project was built on 952 rural acres south of the city of Twin Falls, and employed approximately 200 workers at peak construction. The facility is expected to have a positive economic impact on the local community by providing significant tax revenues for the Filer Consolidated School District. Additionally, Duke Energy Foundation granted $15,000 to the Shoshone Basin Rangeland Fire Protection Association to support the organization’s efforts to improve the safety of the citizens in rural areas of Twin Falls County, Idaho.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a leader in sustainable energy, with over 1,000 projects in the US, including wind, solar, and managed energy services, providing over 5,100 megawatts of non-regulated renewable energy. Idaho Power, with its headquarters in Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company for more than 100 years, serving a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. With the goal of delivering 100% clean energy by 2045, Idaho Power’s customers pay among the lowest prices for electricity, and its 2,000 employees prioritize safety, integrity, and respect.