The Yamhill County Planning Commission gave its final approval to enXco and Portland General Electric to construct two solar installations totaling 2.84MW in Willamette Valley near Salem, Oregon. The companies signed two power purchase agreements, which have enXco developing, building and owning the solar projects, while PGE purchases the generated electricity under a 25-year PPA.
“These projects represent the largest ground-mounted solar PV installations in the Pacific Northwest as well as the first solar development for enXco in the region. We are pleased to be working with PGE and Energy Trust of Oregon to bring them to fruition,” Troy Gagliano, project developer with enXco said. “The local farmers have always harvested the sun to grow crops, and now they are able to benefit from the sun in another way. Solar energy diversifies their operations helping these farmers to not only survive, but thrive.”
The first site, known as the Bellevue Solar Project, will be home to 1.69MW of capacity, while the second site, entitled the Yamhill Solar Project, will create 1.15MW. Both projects will connect to the existing PGE utility system with construction expected to start early next year. Commercial production has an anticipated start date of July 2011.