Paisley eyes geothermal project

Funded by a federal grant, Paisley will boast Oregon’s first commercial geothermal plant.

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The state’s first commercial geothermal electric plant will be built in Paisley, supported by a $2 million grant from the federal Department of Energy.

Lake County is flush with underground hot water. Sometimes, it bubbles to the surface, as it does at the Summer Lake Hot Springs resort.
Other times, farmers tap into it when drilling irrigation wells. That happened on the property of Mark and Erin Douglas, where the power plant would be built.

“We drilled it in 1980-81,” Erin Douglas said, “My grandpa did, and he talked to people then” about using the water for a power plant.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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