Idaho Power building new substation

Idaho Power is building a substation in connection with the Baker City Solar Project on Sutton Creek Road about 5 miles southeast of Baker City.

Idaho Power, who will own and operate the station, has hired Great South Western to construct it.

The project began in early July and is expected to be finished near the end of October.

The station will not be operating until the solar farm is complete, said Sven Berg, Idaho Power communication specialist.

Berg explained that a substation is used to move energy from its source and generate it into a grid to transmission lines. It will change the voltage to go out to smaller transmission lines or smaller users, such as homeowners.

The substation is near Enerparc’s Baker City Solar Project.

Enerparc, on behalf of the property owner Hat Brand Land & Livestock, LLC, submitted a proposal to the Baker County Planning Department in March to divide Hat Brand’s land into two parcels.

One parcel measures 549.608 acres and the other, to be used by Idaho Power for their station, measures .512 acres.

Enerparc applied for a conditional-use permit to the Baker County Planning Commission in 2018 for the project, the second solar farm in Baker County, the first is in Unity.

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