SolarWorld to supply 10.5 MW for Oregon project

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SolarWorld will supply 10.5 MW-DC of 72-cell solar panels to power a ground-mounted project located near Lakeview, Oregon.

Obsidian Renewables, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is developing the 8 MW-AC ground-mounted Black Cap II system, adjacent to a similar, earlier project. The plant is expected to produce about 20.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year – enough to power more than 1,800 homes.

Construction of the new system is expected to finish in 2016. Obsidian will sell the system’s power to PacifiCorp under a long-term power purchase agreement.

SolarWorld began marketing 72-cell solar panels in mid-2014 and said it had dramatically increased production and sales of the product since then. The company is building a new factory to produce the panels at its U.S. hub in Hillsboro, Oregon, which will expand annual module production capacity to 550 MW.

“The market-leading output of [SolarWorld’s] 72-cell product will translate into higher energy yield and therefore cost savings, said David Brown, senior principal of Obsidian Renewables. “The technology is ideal for tapping the solar resource at this well-located site.”

The site, in the state’s south-central high-desert outback and formerly used for seasonal grazing, enjoys some of the Northwest’s best solar radiation, Brown said.