After years of planning, a Highwood Generating Station power plant eight miles east of Great Falls will be the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today.
The invitation-only event at the plant site will feature local dignitaries, business and labor leaders and others involved in the project.
Tim Gregori, general manager of the Billings-based Southern Montana Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative, Wednesday called the project “a very viable source of economic development in Montana.” He said the $85 million 40-megawatt-plus facility is one of the state’s biggest capital projects recently.
About 200 workers built the plant, Gregori said.
“There’s a lot of good about Highwood station,” Gregori added. “It’s a beautiful project.”
A Phase 2 for the project also may be built in the next few years at an estimated cost of about $215 million.