rPlus Energies begins construction on 104MWdc Graphite Solar I project in US


Power plants developer rPlus Energies has commenced construction of 104MWdc Graphite Solar I project in Carbon County, Utah.

The solar project, owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, is expected to become the one of the largest solar plants in the company’s portfolio of renewable power projects.

The work on the project involves installation of more than a quarter million solar panels.

It already has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with a utility company PacifiCorp signed on behalf of Facebook.

Under the deal, the solar project will supply renewable power to Facebook’s new data centre located in Eagle Mountain, Utah and supports its aim to use 100% renewable power for the company’s operations.

The Graphite Solar I project is expected to commence commercial operations in the fourth quarter of this year.

Once operational, the power generated by the project will be supplied to municipalities, major companies such as Apple and to many other entities across the country.

Additionally, rPlus Energies appointed Sundt Renewables and Sundt Construction to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the project.

Greenbacker CEO Charles Wheeler said: “Large projects like Graphite will increasingly be necessary to meet the electricity needs of the technology economy and provide carbon neutral alternatives to traditional power sources.

“We’re thrilled to play a role in the ongoing positive impact that this sustainable infrastructure project will have on boosting local employment, supporting regional economies, and creating more reliable power grids.”

In March this year, the company completed construction of the 61MW Turquoise Solar Project in Washoe County, Nevada.


The 104MWdc Graphite Solar I project will feature more than a quarter million solar panels. Credit: schropferoval from Pixabay.

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