Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions began commercial operations on its Jackpot Solar project on Jan. 26, according to a press release on the same day.
Located in Twin Falls County, Idaho, the 120-megawatt facility is the largest solar project in the state, anticipated to generate enough electricity to power approximately 24,000 homes annually.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project, constructed on 952 rural acres south of Twin Falls by SOLV Energy.
"Jackpot Solar will help strengthen the energy diversity in the state, and bring additional economic benefits to the state and Twin Falls County, while also supporting Idaho Power's clean energy goals," president Chris Fallon commented in the release.
The company, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Idaho Power, helping it toward its goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045 through its Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow initiative.
At peak construction, the project employed approximately 200 workers, driving local economic growth through the local service and construction industries and providing tax revenues for the Filer Consolidated School District.
"This project continues our commitment to clean energy while also helping us address the rapidly growing need for new resources to ensure we can provide reliable, affordable electricity to our customers," Idaho Power senior vice president and COO Adam Richins added.
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