300MW Solar Plant To Supply Power to Utah and California
Clean Edge News
Energy Capital Group, LLC (ECG) is developing ECG Utah Solar 1, a 300 MW solar plant adjacent to the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP). This will be one of the largest solar projects built and cost an estimated $600 million. ECG is leasing 1754 acres from the Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA). The location is ideal as the infrastructure includes a HVDC transmission line going directly to California.
The project will create approximately 200 construction jobs, power an estimated 80,000 homes, generate substantial tax revenue for local & state government, will benefit Utah’s K-12 grade school children through lease payments to SITLA and provide clean affordable energy.
The project has conducted the required biological study, cultural survey, entered the interconnection queue, is working with Millard County on the conditional use permit and is in the Utah Alternative Energy Development Incentive (AEDI) application process.
Supporting the engineering of the project is Victor Rojas and Power-Tech Engineers, Inc. (PTEI). Mr. Rojas is a seasoned electrical engineer, former Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) engineer, who participated as lead test and start-up engineer in the commissioning of IPP, and later in the Operation and Maintenance management of the IPP generation and AC/DC transmission system. He along with a team of former LADWP engineers conforming PTEI, are familiar with the IPP facilities and LADWP power system.
Victor M. Rojas, P.E., President of PTEI said, “ECG Utah Solar 1 will help California utilities achieve the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 33% by 2020 as the IPP substation is part of LADWP transmission system and LADWP is a California Balancing Authority. This project will qualify as SBX Bucket 1 which 75% of renewables are required to come from to meet the RPS and is a great fit for both California and Utah.”