SunEdison breaks ground on 22.6 MW PV project in Utah


SunEdison has begun construction of its 22.6 MW Seven Sisters solar project in Southern Utah.

The Seven Sisters are seven separate solar power plants, four of which are located in Beaver County and three in Iron County, Utah.

Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, will purchase the electricity under seven separate 20-year power purchase agreements with SunEdison. The projects are on the call right projects list for SunEdison yieldco subsidiary TerraForm Power, which owns and operates renewable energy assets and which is expected to purchase the projects upon completion.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert praised the project: "We are pleased that the world’s largest renewable energy developer has chosen to build these clean energy power plants in Utah. These SunEdison projects will produce significant construction job opportunities and meaningful property tax enhancements in Iron and Beaver Counties, while helping resource diversification — both geographic and technological — underway in the West."

Danny Stewart, Iron County economic development director, added that the three Iron County sites would have "a significant impact on the local economy through the creation of construction jobs and new property tax revenue from the power plants that will be shared by the county, water conservancy district and school district."

SunEdison’s operations and maintenance unit, SunEdison Services, will handle asset management, monitoring and reporting services for the plants.