Idaho Alternative Energy Projects Take Another Blow

By Tom Bacon

Idaho's struggling alternative energy industry has taken another body blow - this one, from a missed deadline to start delivering power from the state's first utility-scale solar panel farm.

The 180-acre Grandview P-V Solar One project in Elmore County east of Boise was to have begun delivering power by January 12th. But the date came and went without the promised 20-megawatts of power.  Just last fall, the solar farm's owner, Corona Capital Partners in New York, had announced it was ready to install 30-million dollars worth of solar panels.

This week, however, the owner of the company refused to comment about the future of Grandview. The company also faces a federal lawsuit filed by a construction company which claimed it was stiffed on work i had done for the solar farm.  Several other alternative energy projects in IDaho have been scuttled in recent months. Exergy Development Group in Boise shut down wind energy projects worth more than 300-million dollars, and several anaerobic digester projects scheduled for big Idaho dairies have been cancelled.

Idaho has no renewable power mandates requiring utility companies to buy power from wind or solar projects, unlike neighboring Washington and Oregon.  Environmental groups believe projects such as Grandview are hobbled in Idaho because regulated utilities have little or no incentive to worth with them.
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