enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, and Portland General Electric (PGE) have entered into two power purchase agreements for solar photovoltaic installations to be located in the Willamette Valley near Salem, Ore. The two installations will combine for a total of 2.84 MW of generating capacity, providing power for approximately 2,300 homes at peak production.
enXco will develop, build and own the thin-film solar projects. PGE will purchase the power generated under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The projects are expected to commence construction in early 2011 and reach commercial operation in July 2011. enXco Service Corp. will operate and maintain the projects.
‘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,’ notes Troy Gagliano, project developer at enXco.
Both sites are located in the southeastern portion of Yamhill County. The Bellevue Solar project site will produce 1.69 MW, and the Yamhill Solar Project site will produce 1.15 MW. The projects will connect to the existing PGE utility system.
SOURCE: Portland General Electric