Idaho utility launches renewable energy program with 40-MW solar project

state utility Idaho Power will facilitate the construction of a new 40-MW solar project in partnership with computer storage manufacturer Micron. The project supports Micron’s goal to source 100% renewable energy for its US operations by the end of 2025.

As part of the contract, Idaho Power has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) to approve a power purchase agreement with Black Mesa Energy, an oil and gas production company, to develop a dedicated solar facility for Micron’s renewable energy use.

The new facility will be located near Micron’s Boise corporate headquarters.

“Micron is taking a step toward our goal of reaching 100% renewable energy in the US in 2025 by supporting solar development in our home state. This highlights our commitments to both our communities and the environment,” said Manish Bhatia, executive VP of global operations at Micron. “We’re pleased to partner with Idaho Power and bring our efforts one step closer to meeting our sustainability goals.”

The project is one of the first under Idaho Power’s proposed “Clean Energy Your Way — Construction” offering, enabling customers to partner with Idaho Power on new, dedicated renewable energy resources to meet business sustainability goals, while simultaneously adding new renewable resources to Idaho Power’s system. Idaho Power has established its own goal to provide 100% clean energy to its customers by 2045.

“This agreement with Micron is an example of the innovative thinking that will be required as we all move toward a clean energy future,” said Lisa Grow, president and CEO of Idaho Power. “We are excited to be a part of Micron’s goal of sourcing 100% renewable energy for their US operations, and we’re proud that they are starting that journey with us, right here in Idaho where they have been an important part of our community for more than four decades.”

News item from Idaho Power

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