Oslo-based Scatec Solar plans a new solar power project in Iron County. Expected to be the largest in Utah, the Norwegian company says the investment will be around $500 million. The photovoltaic panels will be placed across 650 acres in northwestern Parovan.
Scatec hopes to begin construction at the end of this year and is planning to put other perspectives in place such as sale agreements and various building permits. Some of the company officials said that the solar plant will be built in two phases over a couple of years and will be capable of generating about 100 megawatts of clean energy that could light 80,000 homes.
“The future of the country depends on generating energy domestically. Utah could become an exporter of [renewable energy]. – Solar does provide a hedge against the volatility and cost of carbon. The sun is free and [solar] maintenance low,” said Luigi Resta, Scatec sales and business development officer in charge of the solar farm.
Southwestern Utah has a great potential for renewable energy. The area already has a geothermal plant and a large wind farm has recently been built that generates electricity in Beaver County.
Iron County is also a location with plenty of sunshine at high altitude, low pollution, transmission infrastructure and a moderate climate.