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Swinerton Renewable Energy: December 19, 2015

Parowan solar plant officially on the grid

Scatec Solar ASA, the integrated solar power producer, has formally commissioned the photovoltaic Utah Red Hills Renewable Park solar plant in Parowan, officials said in a news release.

"The commissioning of the Utah plant is a significant landmark for Scatec Solar," said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar ASA. "The fact that we were able to build this 104 megawatt plant within 12 months is the proof of our company's capability to deploy solar power rapidly. The Utah plant also underlines the importance of delivering results and choosing partners whose core values match our own – in this case, Swinerton, Google and Prudential Capital Group."

The plant officially went online with Rocky Mountain Power on Friday, said Luigi Resta, CEO Scatec Solar North America.

Resta said his proudest accomplishment was working with the locals.

"I started working on this project 8 years ago and from the beginning I wanted this project to be built in the state of Utah, by the state of Utah and for the state of Utah," Resta said. "We achieved that with 91 percent of construction, contractors and laborers from local sources within the area. We really had a strong commitment to build a solar plant the state would be proud of and today it is 100 percent online and we are closed on all funding."

Cedar City Economic Development Director Danny Stewart said this is the first utility scale solar project in the state to go online, and Scatec Solar was instrumental in pioneering the way for the many solar plants that are currently under construction, or planned, in Iron and Beaver counties.

"Scatec really blazed the way for all the other solar projects in the works," Stewart said. "There was a lot of work they put in with Rocky Mountain Power, local and state government agencies, communities and investors so that this could happen."

There are currently 15 other projects in the works by SunEdison in the two counties and another 80-megawatt power plant by Scatec near Three Peaks Recreational Area, Stewart said.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park generates approximately 210 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or the equivalent of the electric power used by 18,500 homes annually, that is fed into the Rocky Mountain Power grid under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement, according to the news release.

Total investment for the project is an estimated $188 million for the plant that will be owned by Google and Scatec Solar, and was built on private land, officials said.

"We are pleased to join Scatec Solar and Prudential in bringing solar power to the state of Utah," said Nicholas Coons, head of Renewable Energy Investments at Google. "We hope that projects like these will encourage the development of additional renewable energy throughout the state."

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