First Wind, a renewable energy company based in Boston, Massachusetts, has gained approval from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, and contracts with the Idaho Power Company, to build and provide clean energy from five 20 MW solar installations.
The project will bring cost-competitive renewable energy throughout the southern half of Idaho, as well as stimulate economic activity by way of job creation and tax revenue, to the tune of about $10 million over the course of 20 years.
The projects are all slated for completion in 2016, at which time they are expected to generate 250,000 MWh annually, or enough to cover 30,000 homes. This is well over enough to provide the entirety of homes in Rexburg, in southwest Idaho, electricity for the whole year.
First Wind has also secured contracts in Idaho’s neighboring state Utah, which will be the largest solar development to date in the beehive state upon completion, at an estimated 800,000 MW annually. The company also has large solar developments in its home state of Massachusetts as well as Hawaii.