Soon, Christmas Valley will light up with the largest solar energy project in the state of Oregon, as Element Power, a renewable energy company headquartered in Portland, has received a conditional use permit to build out approximately 12 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power on leased lands in the community of Christmas Valley in Lake County.
The Lake County Planning Commission’s recent 5-1 vote came out strongly in favor of the project. Caro Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce footnoted the decision by adding that, “We welcome economic growth in Lake County, and are pleased that it is coming in the form of sustainable, clean energy projects.”
In developing the Christmas Valley solar farm project, Element Power chose a site over 11 miles from the community of Christmas Valley with existing infrastructure, including high voltage transmission lines and access roads, in order to minimize environmental impact and gain community support. With an average of only nine inches of rain per year, Christmas Valley is believed to offer the best solar resources in the Pacific Northwest.
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