The Idaho Public Utilities Commission okayed two projects, in Kuna and Grand View respectively. The projects would produce 120 megawatts and are to be completed in the year 2016. 120 MW power is said to be enough to serve 83,000 average-sized households.
11 more solar projects to produce 281 megawatts at $1 billion cost for 20-years are under consideration which is within the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to provide an open market for power developers. Where the power can be bought at the same cost as it would require to build their own natural gas plant. Out of these 11 projects; Intermountain Energy Partners has signed contracts with Idaho Power to build 6 of them.
The agreement tenders; Idaho Power, expediency of paying the developers steadily increasing payments according to light-load and heavy-load hours of the day and seasons of the year and over the course of the agreement