Idaho Could Soon Have the
by Robert Walton
Solar power in Idaho has taken off, and officials at Idaho Power say it's going to grow even more. In an interview with local paper the Times-News, utility spokesman Brad Bowlin said Idaho Power has contracted with solar projects for 461 MW, and there are more waiting in the wings.
Another 3 MW of capacity are added by small rooftop panels through the utility's net metering tariff.
Among Idaho Power's new projects is the 80-MW Grand View PV Solar Two facility, scheduled to come online in 2016. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2014 Idaho produced most of its power from hydroelectric sources, followed by natural gas. Renewables accounted for 240 GWh of production last year.
In 2013, 78% of Idaho's net electricity generation came from renewable energy resources, and Idaho had the fourth lowest average electricity prices in the United States, EIA said. Hydroelectric power supplied 58% of net electricity generation in Idaho in 2013. Idaho's wind generation increased by nearly 35% in 2013, providing 16% of net electricity generation, according to the agency.
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