Mayor Dave Bieter announced Wednesday that Sunergy
World -- a local company that specializes in biomass, wind and
solar energy products -- is partnering with the city to build a
$45 million solar
power plant, and construction could start as
soon as this fall.
plant will be the first
solar facility in Idaho, and will be located near the Boise
Airport at a brownfield site. According to Robert Cavazos, Sunergy
World director of project development, the plant is "expected to
produce 10 megawatts of power, enough to power 1,200 homes annually."
World has agreed to both lease
the land from the city and oversee construction of the solar
fields through all phases. Phase one consists of large solar
panels being placed on top of "what are basically carports,"
while phase two consists of building a manufacturing facility to
store them (this will be located on top of the old city landfill). A
spokesperson for Sunergy World said, "the company is in the
process of firming up any remaining details."
addition, the solar panels will be provided by Transform Solar,
a Micron-owned company.
his State of the City address on Wednesday, Bieter talked about the
importance of Boise
becoming a greener, environmentally-aware city and how he
hopes "the project will serve as a catalyst for the construction
or relocation of more renewable energy projects and developers to the
also about $45 million circulating in our economy, it's jobs for
local workers, but maybe most importantly it's our first pretty
substantial step forward towards that industry, and it's an industry
that we really want to be a part of," said Bieter.
solar power plant is expected to bring in approximately 40
new jobs, 20 of which are in construction and the other 20 would
be available when the plant is complete. It has been determined that
private investors will fund the plant.
construction of the solar power plant is expected to take one year.