Portland General Electric (PGE) will enter into a 15-year PPA with Avangrid Renewables for a 138-MW solar project being developed in Wasco County, Oregon. Technology company Intel will purchase the entirety of the power from the project, named Daybreak Solar.
Since 2004, Intel has been the largest purchaser of PGE’s Green Future Enterprise (formerly Clean Wind) product.
“Intel is excited to facilitate the construction of this new solar facility and provide our Oregon facilities with locally-based renewable energy,” said Marty Sedler, director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure for Intel Corp. “We are proud to extend our commitment to sustainability and to advancing Oregon’s economy.”
Avangrid Renewables will develop the 138-MW project on 1,100 acres of privately owned land. During peak construction, it will create an estimated 150 to 200 jobs in partnership with local unions. The project should reach commercial operation in 2022. It will benefit the local economy by generating an estimated $30 million of taxes and property owner lease payments over the life of the project.
“We are pleased to again partner with PGE as we continue to meet the growing clean energy demand of forward-thinking commercial customers in the Pacific Northwest,” said Holly Carias, vice president of origination for Avangrid Renewables. “This project represents an important step forward in the region’s clean energy transition.”