Idaho solar developer fights to keep project alive

Idaho solar developer fights to keep project alive

Idaho solar developer fights to keep project alive

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

BOISE -- The developer of a proposed $180 million southern Idaho solar energy project hopes to deliver electricity by mid-2014, despite past rejections by regulators.

Peter Richardson, a Boise energy lawyer, is anticipating a key decision from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission in mid-January to resolve a years-long legal fight with utility Idaho Power Co.

Renewable energy development has all but stalled in Idaho, so this project in the desert 40 miles south of Boise -- Idaho's first utility-scale solar development, if it's built -- would represent a bright spot for the industry.

Idaho Power has been fighting it, however, in part because the utility wants a share of lucrative renewable energy credits that would accompany Richardson's facility.

Meanwhile, Richardson says the utility aims to take private property without paying for it.
 

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