Solar competition charging up

The Christmas Valley area is seeing an increase in interest from solar companies.

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Several companies are interested in developing a former military radar base in Christmas Valley for solar use. But while progress for the facility is being held up by government bureaucracy, the activity is encouraging other companies to look into development in the area.

About seven companies are interested in the radar site, state officials have said. But those companies, which the state won’t name, have been waiting for more than a year for the military land to become available for development.

So this May, a California company filed an application with the Department of State Lands to build a solar energy farm on a separate parcel — 640 acres of state land on the northern border of Lake County. Additionally, a Portland investment firm has received land use approval to develop 80 acres for solar energy on private land nearby.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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