Oregon’s largest solar project begins construction


While SunPower continues to bleed red ink, the company is also breaking new ground for high-efficiency solar, in some cases literally. Today SunPower announced that construction firm Moss has begun work on a 56 MW solar PV project in the Eastern part of the U.S. state of Oregon, using its E-Series PV modules and its modular Oasis platform for utility-scale projects.

The Gala Solar plant will be larger than any currently operating in Oregon, which a year ago set a mandate to get 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2040. And while many associate Oregon with the nine months of rain that is the norm in the western part of the state, east of the Cascade Mountains the state has a dry climate and good solar resource. This includes the pine hills, ranches and scrubland of Crook County, east of Bend, where Gala is being built…

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