June 15, 2020

Basin Electric and Clēnera Renewable Energy announce Power Purchase Agreement for Montana solar project

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) and Clēnera Renewable Energy, announced today the execution of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Cabin Creek Solar Project. Cabin Creek is Basin Electric’s second solar PPA, and the result of the cooperative’s continuing goal of providing a diverse mix of cost-effective energy for its members.

When completed, Cabin Creek will consist of two, 75-MW projects in southeastern Montana, five miles west of Baker. According to Clēnera, the project will eliminate 265,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year and power 30,000 homes.

“Clēnera is proud to partner with Basin Electric Power Cooperative to support the construction of the Cabin Creek Solar projects in Montana,” said Jared McKee, Clēnera’s director of Business Development. “We truly believe that Basin Electric will be a valuable partner as we aim to deliver today’s new era of reliable, affordable, and clean energy.”

Cabin Creek will bring significant economic benefits to the local area. According to Clēnera, the project will contribute $8 million in property taxes to Fallon County and $5 million for the state of Montana over 35 years. They say it will also create approximately 300 construction jobs and two to three full-time jobs.

Cabin Creek is anticipated to begin operations in late 2023.