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Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

By Keith Ridler Associated Press

BOISE – Idaho Power is looking to build the state’s first utility-owned solar power project.

The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program.

The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 730 homes.

The company in an announcement last week said it plans to offer subscriptions costing $740 for individual solar panels. Buyers would receive credit for their portion of the solar array’s output on their monthly bill.

Most of the $1.2 million cost would be paid by subscribers.

The company said its customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon who don’t participate will have no additional expense.

Idaho Power said the project could be finished by June if approved.

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