PGE signs contract with enXco for Yamhill solar power

Portland General Electric announced Tuesday that it signed a power-purchase agreement with enXco for two Yamhill County solar installations billed as the largest ground-mounted solar projects in the Pacific Northwest.

The two installations, both using thin-film solar technology, are slated to be operational in July 2011 and are expected to total 2.84 megawatts of power, which can provide power for 2,300 PGE customer homes when they are operating at peak performance.

EnXco, a division of the French renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, will own, develop and maintain the solar installations. PGE will purchase the generated power under a 25-year agreement. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

With these new projects, PGE will have more than 17 megawatts of solar capacity in its resource mix, helping the utility meet the state's renewable energy standard of providing 25 percent renewable energy by the year 2025. PGE expects approximately 9 percent of its resource mix will come from renewable energy sources in 2010.

The two projects, both located in southeastern Yamhill County, received approval from the Yamhill County Planning Commission in September 2010. | 503.219.3438


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