In a major step towards sustainability, Intermountain Healthcare has joined a utility-scale solar project near Huntington, Utah, that will supply 20 percent of the health system’s total electricity needs. This step forward was made possible by Intermountain’s partnership with D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Rocky Mountain Power. The new PPA from the Castle Solar Project, owned and being developed by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, will supply Intermountain facilities with clean renewable energy for the next 20 years.
“This is Intermountain’s biggest step in our commitment to help create a cleaner environment in the communities we serve,” said Mikelle Moore, senior vice president and chief community health officer at Intermountain Healthcare. “We want to help drive the solutions that will clean our air and make us more sustainable in the future.”
DESRI will own, construct, and operate the solar instillation and Rocky Mountain Power will provide the transmission grid. A portion of the money will go back to the state for public schools and institutions as a result of a the project being built partially on trust lands.
Intermountain’s portion of the project will produce approximately 55,000 MWh of electricity per year.
“Intermountain is leading the way among healthcare systems in delivering affordable care to its patients while committing to clean energy use,” said Hy Martin, DESRI chief development officer. “The Castle solar project is another in DESRI’s national renewable energy fleet being added in coming years that will support rural economies. We would like to thank Rocky Mountain Power, Enyo Renewable Energy, and all of our project partners who are making this project a reality.”
“Our intent at Rocky Mountain Power is to provide customers with options that help them achieve their goals in a seamless way,” said Gary Hoogeveen, Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO. “By teaming up with community partners like Intermountain, we are able to collectively work toward meeting their sustainability objectives as well as a quicker transition to a cleaner renewable future.”
The Castle project was initially developed and permitted by Enyo Renewable Energy, a Utah-based wind and solar developer.
“Eolian and Enyo formed Enyo Renewable Energy to create renewable energy projects that will lead the transformation of the Utah energy landscape by providing consumers with the local renewable energy sources they increasingly demand while providing substantial economic benefits to communities throughout the region,” said Christine Mikell, founder and CEO of Enyo Renewable Energy. “We are delighted to have worked closely with Emery County, the State of Utah, and regional stakeholders to ensure that the Castle Solar Project would be a success for all involved.”
Full operation of the project is expected by mid-2022.
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