Boise solar and energy efficiency pioneer Inovus Solar is touting its new partnership with Idaho Power.
Inovus helped Idaho Power to achieve net-zero lighting at its downtown Boise parking lot with its solar enhanced light poles. These poles and LED lights generate as much power over the course of a year as the lightings themselves consume, while still meeting existing light levels for safety.
The 17 LED lights save 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and will continue to do it or 20 years with no maintenance, Inovus said in a release.
“Idaho Power has been sustainable for a century,” said Norma Peralta Inovus vice president of services. “That’s a proud boast. Now it’s becoming Net-Zero too.”
The partnership shows that even as Idaho Power is fighting to continue its investment in its coal plants, it is looking into the smart grid future that Inovus hopes to be a big player.
The fast-growing solar company also offers Idaho Power a new message that could help it and Boise benefit from this new energy world.
It points out that Boise ranks third in the West for tech innovation and has become one of the centers of the renewable energy business in the region.
“Idaho Power has delivered renewable energy for nearly 100 years,” Peralta said. “The bulk of their energy comes from 17 hydroelectric plants, largely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.
“But with growing population and energy consumption, planners are looking for new technologies to maximize energy efficiency,” she said.