Microsoft, Nike and Common Energy have partnered to subscribe Standard Solar’s first community solar project in Oregon. The Skyward Community Solar project, located in Clackamas County, Ore., will generate 3.6 million kWh of energy each year, which will be fed into the broader electrical grid.
According to the provisions of Oregon’s Community Solar Program, Microsoft will make up the commercial allocation. Approximately 100 Nike employees have subscribed the residential portion of the project. All subscribers will receive a contracted discount on their electric bills each month and Renewable Energy Credits (REC) proportional to their share of the project’s energy generation.
In addition, 10% of the Skyward generation has been allocated to qualified low- and moderate-income households, who in turn will receive a substantial discount on their electric bills.
“We’re excited that our first completed project in Oregon, a state that requires 50 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2040, not only serves the residents of Clackamas County, but also some of the large corporations that employ them,” states Mike Streams, chief development officer at Standard Solar. “More companies are turning to solar to boost their bottom line with a cleaner and more secure form of energy. Standard Solar looks forward to supporting many more solar projects in the state.”