Clearway Announces Commercial Operations at Idaho Wind Farm

April 4, 2024

Harnessing wind in Bingham County, Cedar Creek Wind will be Clearway’s first project in the Gem State

Harnessing wind in Bingham County, Cedar Creek Wind will be Clearway’s first project in the Gem State

SAN FRANCISCO — Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) announced today that Cedar Creek Wind, its first project in Idaho, has reached commercial operations. The 152 megawatt wind farm in Bingham County will generate enough electricity to power 41,000 homes annually.

“We are excited to celebrate commercial operations at Cedar Creek Wind,” said Chris Fox, VP of Construction at Clearway. “This project represents Clearway’s first clean energy project in Idaho.   We’re pleased to introduce a major infrastructure investment in the state which has provided significant construction jobs and which will strengthen Idaho’s economic and energy future through the project’s many years of operations. We are delighted to be a part of the Bingham County community.”

The start of operations commences Clearway’s 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp, which does business as Rocky Mountain Power in southeastern Idaho, ensuring the delivery of clean energy to PacifiCorp customers and helping advance its sustainability goals. Clearway’s portfolio with PacifiCorp totals over 840 MW including 549 MW of solar and wind in Utah, 141 MW of wind in Wyoming, and now 152 MW in Idaho, representing a continuation of Clearway and PacifiCorp’s longstanding relationship.

Cedar Creek Wind represents a $250 million investment in Idaho’s economy, creating 175 jobs during construction with over 250,000 hours of injury-free labor. The Cedar Creek team participated in community events throughout construction, including through donations to the Firth School District and Heart 2 Hand Bingham Food Pantry.

“We are thrilled to see the completion of the Cedar Creek Wind project, originally approved in 2008, come to fruition. Although we understand the clean energy movement can be challenging to accept for some, this long-term investment will provide 3% of the gross wind energy earnings to be returned to the County and taxing districts in the project area which will benefit many County residents,” said Tiffany Olsen, Director of Bingham County Planning & Development. “We welcome the economic diversity and local workforce created during construction and through the ongoing project operations. Not only did Clearway and Wanzek Construction, Inc. contribute to the local economy by immersing themselves in our County and all that it has to offer, but they have also made an impression in our community by donating 250 backpacks to The Village Foster Care Closet as well as winter coats to the Firth School District.  We appreciate their commitment to being a good neighbor and look forward to the project’s long-term success and continued investment in our County.”

Wanzek Construction, Inc., a MasTec Renewables company, managed the construction of the project.

Clearway originally acquired Cedar Creek Wind from rPlus Energies in 2021.