KAYSVILLE -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced plans to increase energy in Utah and praised one Davis County facility as a shining example of energy conservation.
Through the Central Utah Project Completion Act, the department will bring a private hydropower plant to the Spanish Fork River, the first of about six water power projects planned for Utah.
The proposed plant will provide up to 23,000 megawatt hours per year, enough to provide power to more than 2,000 homes.
Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science with the DOI, said the plant will bring temporary jobs to the state in construction and engineering, plus a number of permanent jobs as well.
"We'll see 40 to 50 local, full-time permanent jobs," Castle said.
Castle said officials from the DOI will begin seeking bids from a private firm to develop the power plant this week.
The announcement was made Tuesday at the Utah State University Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville.
Castle said the Botanical Center's Wetland Discovery Point building is a prime example of the federal government's push toward sustainability and conservation.
Through CUPCA, the department was able to secure $390,000 in federal funds that went to the building for the installation of solar panels and boardwalks around the facility.
The WDP building showcases many green design details.
The facility's roof functions as both a rainwater collector and a tool to provide shade or allow winter sunlight into the building to warm it and provide natural light.
Harvested precipitation is stored at the building and used to irrigate part of the landscape and to flush low-flow toilets.
Much of the power used in the building is solar generated, and solar-heated water flows through the building's heating system.
"This center's mission is to promote conservation of energy resources," Castle said. "And this building is a wonderful example of that."