Two solar farms proposed in Deschutes Co.


The number of solar facilities in sunny Central Oregon is expected to increase.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The number of solar facilities in sunny Central Oregon is expected to increase.

Deschutes County officials are reviewing proposals for two new solar arrays east of Bend.

The facilities are expected to sit on 70 acres of land zoned for farming. They will yield about 20 megawatts — combined — of electricity annually.

There are incentives for companies to develop solar-generating facilities. A solar investment tax credit reduces the amount of income tax paid by solar developers by 30 percent. That will change to 10 percent in December 2016. Facilities have to be operational by then if they want to receive the tax credit at 30 percent.

“It’s being significantly reduced, (but) some people think it might get extended and others think that might not happen,” said Brittany Andrus, a senior utility analyst with the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

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