First Wind sells solar power to Idaho Power Co.

First Wind confirmed that the Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved energy sale agreements with five proposed First Wind solar projects and the Idaho Power Co. The contracts are for 20 years and for projects that total 100 MW.

The five 20 MW projects are spread across southern Idaho where they will provide energy and economic diversity to Ada, Elmore, Owyhee and Power counties.

Each project is targeted to be completed by the end of 2016. Taken together, close to $10 million in direct property taxes will be generated by the projects over 20 years. The five projects combined are expected to generate about 250,000 MW hours annually — enough to power the equivalent of nearly 30,000 homes.

First Wind currently operates four solar power projects in Massachusetts, and has additional solar power projects in development in Hawaii and Utah. In Idaho, First Wind operates the 45 MW Power County Wind project on behalf of a third-party owner.

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