New 80MW solar power plant to be constructed in Utah

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A new 80MW solar power plant has been slated to be constructed in Carbon County, Utah. The plant will be owned and operated by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company and will be brought together by rPlus Energies, a power plant developer based in Utah. Named Graphite Solar I, the site will include a 104 Megawatt (dc) / 80 Megawatt (ac) utility-scale solar plant and will be one of the largest solar plants in Greenbacker’s nationwide portfolio of renewable energy projects. It will provide power to Facebook’s new data center in Eagle Mountain, Utah. The project has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) in place with the investment-grade utility PacifiCorp and a contract that was developed under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34 green energy tariff.

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Sundt Construction will serve as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) lead for the project. The 131-year-old firm specializes in transportation, concrete, building, industrial, and renewable power work and is currently ranked the country’s 52nd largest construction company by ENR. Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company purchased the pre-operational solar project from rPlus Energies late last year. They then went on to contract rPlus to continue to develop the project through construction. Together with rPlus Energies, Sundt Construction will install more than a quarter-million solar panels on the Graphite Solar I site.

“Large projects like Graphite Solar I will increasingly be necessary to meet the electricity needs of the technology economy. It will also provide carbon-neutral alternatives to traditional power sources,” said the CEO of Greenbacker, Charles Wheeler. “We’re thrilled to play a role in the ongoing positive impact that this sustainable infrastructure project will have on boosting local employment, supporting regional economies, and creating more reliable power grids.” “rPlus Energies is proud to work with Carbon County. This project will help continue our legacy in energy development. Graphite Solar will capture the benefits of solar power in the region for years to come,” said the CEO of rPlus Energies, Luigi Resta.