Solar Project approved near Maupin

One item that slipped by us amid all the coronavirus news took place Friday, April 24 at the meeting of the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. After an April 20 deadline passed without any petitions for a contested case, the council granted a site certificate for the first solar energy array in Wasco County. The photovoltaic facility would cover up to 2,717 acres in a 10,615 acre site near Maupin and would have a generating capacity of up to 303 megawatts, plus 100 megawatts of battery storage. The certificate was granted to Bakeoven Solar, LLC, boundary encompassing approximately 10,615 acres within Wasco County, near Maupin. Under terms of the certificate, construction must start on or before April 24, 2023 and be completed or before April 24, 2026.