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Elektron Solar Project to power Park City, Summit County reaches commercial operation

The Elektron Solar Project will provide power to Vail Resorts on behalf of Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort.

PARK CITY, Utah — D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments announced today the completion of its 80 MWac solar facility in Tooele County, which will provide power to Park City and Summit County.

The Elektron Solar Project, developed in 2020 by Enyo Renewable Energy, is located in the Tooele mountains and has 20 and 25-year power purchase agreements with PacifiCorp under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34.

The project is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 19,700 homes each year, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“This project is a testament of our community’s commitment to clean renewable energy and will power the City’s operations, from buses to streetlights,” said Park City Mayor Nann Worel. “Furthermore, it showcases collaboration between Park City’s three largest energy users, while also benefitting rural Utah’s economy.”

“The Elektron project exemplifies Summit County’s core value of collaboration, demonstrating how renewable energy initiatives can deliver results for the environment and economy,” said Malena Stevens, Summit County Council chair. “We are proud to be part of this project that will help us meet our goals for using renewable electrical energy to power County operations.”

Elektron Solar will also provide power to Vail Resorts on behalf of Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort.

“Thanks to all the partners who made this possible and their diligent collaboration since 2019, Deer Valley will now receive 80% of our power from the Elektron project,” said Todd Bennett, Deer Valley Resort president and COO. “This initiative is a significant step in the right direction to reach our goals of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and using 100% renewable energy by 2030.”

“I am incredibly proud that, driven by Vail Resorts’ Commitment to Zero, Park City Mountain has achieved 100% renewable electricity since 2022,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and COO of Park City Mountain. “The completion of the Elektron Solar Project in Utah means that Park City Mountain’s electricity will be 100% solar-powered directly through the local grid, adding to the overall mix of renewables at Vail Resorts’ disposal and increasing the resilience of our network-wide commitment to sustainable operations.”

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