Rocky Mountain Power has signed a contract with juwi to build and develop the utility’s first Subscriber Solar program resource. The 20 MW solar farm will be located in Holden, Utah.
In October, the Utah Public Service Commission approved the Subscriber Solar program, which allows the utility’s customers to subscribe to some or all of their electricity from solar power even if they cannot afford rooftop solar panels or live in apartments or condos.
“We used a competitive bidding process to make sure our customers got the best value possible for solar energy,” states Paul Clements, Rocky Mountain Power’s director of commercial services. “This is an exciting new option for customers to buy solar power for their homes or businesses.”
Participants will be able to subscribe in 200 kWh blocks up to their total usage; the 20 MW solar farm will provide 20,000 blocks. Residential customers will receive a locked-in generation rate of 7.7 cents/kWh, plus about 4 cents for transmission and distribution, totaling 11.7 cents/kWh.
The voluntary program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The project will be built this year, and the program will start on Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Power: The site in Holden, Utah, where juwi will build a 20 MW solar farm for Rocky Mountain Power’s Subscriber Solar program.