The Israeli renewable energy firm Ormat Technologies has entered formal negotiations with the online retailer eBay for the building of a 5-megawatt recovered-energy generation (REG) power plant to be constructed in Utah, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.
The two firms recently signed a joint development agreement that paves the way for negotiations on a 20-year contract and for development of the facility. The plant will be designed to capture waste heat from industrial processes and transform it into electricity for the company’s new Salt Lake City-based data center, according to Ormat.
“We commend eBay’s commitment to sustainable commerce and look forward to helping them achieve their clean- energy goals,” said Yoram Bronicki, president and chief operating officer for Ormat. “We’re hopeful that our work with eBay will continue to promote REG as a predictable, environmentally friendly energy source that provides a hedge against the variability of fossil fuel costs.”
The Utah project will add to Ormat’s already-installed REG capacity of over 160 megawatts in North America, and a total of 595 megawatts operating around the world, the company said.
The eBay-Ormat enterprise was facilitated by Utah legislation aimed at enabling non-utility energy consumers to purchase and transmit power directly from energy developers. The law, called SB12, was passed in 2012.