PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, announced that it brought into service a 6.8 megawatt (MW) DC ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array in Klamath County, Oregon. The project, which includes 21,964 sun-tracking solar panels, is located on a former Weyerhaeuser industrial site.
"This is a great example of how we can put former industrial property back to work for the people of Oregon, generating clean, renewable energy for years to come," said Matt Handel, vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. "We're pleased to partner with Pacific Power to bring emission-free energy to its customers and in helping the state achieve its renewable energy goals."
The project is expected to generate enough electricity to power an estimated 1,200 homes, and reduces the need for fossil fuel generation that would result in approximately 8,600 tons of carbon emissions per year. Construction began in 2015 and employed more than 100 construction, security and electrical workers from Oregon over the course of the project.
Pacific Power will purchase the energy generated by the solar system as part of a 15-year power purchase agreement, which may be extended for up to two five-year increments.
"The project is great for Bly and Klamath County, which have an important future as a home to renewable energy development," said Todd Andres, regional business manager for Pacific Power, which is part of PacifiCorp. "This is currently the largest solar project in Oregon and we are proud to have it delivering energy to our customers."
About NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, "NextEra Energy Resources"), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 21,140 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with non-controlling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), primarily in 25 states and Canada as of year-end 2015. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
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