NextEra lights up Oregon’s largest solar project

NextEra Energy Resources LLC said May 9 that a subsidiary has brought into service a 6.8-MW (dc) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array in Klamath County, Oregon.

The project, which includes 21,964 sun-tracking solar panels, is located on a former Weyerhaeuser industrial site. Construction began in 2015 and employed more than 100 construction, security and electrical workers from Oregon over the course of the project.

“This is a great example of how we can put former industrial property back to work for the people of Oregon, generating clean, renewable energy for years to come,” said Matt Handel, vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “We’re pleased to partner with Pacific Power to bring emission-free energy to its customers and in helping the state achieve its renewable energy goals.”

PacifiCorp d/b/a Pacific Power will purchase the energy generated by the solar system as part of a 15-year power purchase agreement, which may be extended for up to two five-year increments.

“The project is great for Bly and Klamath County, which have an important future as a home to renewable energy development,” said Todd Andres, regional business manager for Pacific Power. “This is currently the largest solar project in Oregon and we are proud to have it delivering energy to our customers.”

NextEra Energy Resources is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 21,140 MW of generating capacity. It is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states.

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