Dillon solar project advances

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Clēnera’s Grand View Solar project, located in Grand View, Idaho, is similar in size to the Apex Solar project located near Dillon. Clēnera secured a power purchase agreement for Apex this week with NorthWestern Energy.

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Plans for a large solar farm west of Dillon advanced this week as developer Clēnera secured a sales contract with NorthWestern Energy.

The 80-megawatt Apex Solar project is Boise-based Clēnera’s third Montana development to secure terms in the past year. Apex pushes the company’s contracted Montana generation to 230 megawatts, the most of any solar developer.

“We really view that, for Montana, this is one of the best solar resources in the state,” Jared McKee, Clenera’s director of business development, said of Apex. “It’s pretty much due west of Dillon.”

At 80 megawatts, Apex has enough power to electrify about 16,000 homes, reports Clēnera. 

Over 25 years, Apex is expected to produce $15 million in tax revenue for Beaverhead County and $3.4 million for the state of Montana, the company said.

Apex is expected to come online in November 2022,

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