Scatec wins Utah project approvals

Oslo, Norway-based Scatec Solar has obtained final regulatory approvals to proceed with construction of an 80MW (ac) PV plant in the US state of Utah.

Work on the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park facility is scheduled to begin in the third quarter and will generate about 210 million kWh of electricity per year. It will be located south of Salt Lake City and on private land.

The company has signed a 20-year off-take agreement with PacifiCorp, which is owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, the energy arm of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

Terms of the PPA require deliveries to begin in December 2016 but PacifiCorp has indicated it would take power before then, Anna Gemolas, spokeswoman for Scatec Solar North America, tells Recharge.

Scatec is the project developer and is now taking competitive bids for engineering, procurement and construction, she says.

When completed, Utah Red Hills will be the first utility-scale solar facility in the state.