The program was designed to be funded primarily by participants through the purchase of subscriptions to the solar array. In over two years since its launch, the Community Solar Pilot Program has not gained enough participants to move forward. Idaho Power has requested to suspend the current program while we explore alternative options for a viable community solar program, potentially in other locations, such as Blaine County.
Absolutely. Because Idaho Power has not built the community solar array, participants have the option to request refunds of their subscription fees at any time. Refunds include annual interest in accordance with Utility Customer Relations Rule 106.2. If the Commission approves suspending the program, participants will be refunded the subscription fee and interest, and would receive their refund check in the mail within six weeks. The Commission’s decision is expected by early September.
While this specific project may not move forward, Idaho Power remains committed to exploring renewable energy options, including an ongoing effort to launch a community solar program in other locations, such as Blaine County.
Through Idaho Power’s Green Power Program, customers can use renewable energy sourced from wind and solar facilities located in the northwest. Participation also provides funding for Solar 4R Schools, a program that awards local K–12 schools with solar installations and sustainable energy education. More information can be found at idahopower.com\greenpower.