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"Largest ground-mounted solar array in Clackamas Co. turns on"

A 500-killowatt solar farm was switched on Friday at the Lever Family Farm in Aurora, the largest of its kind in Clackamas County.

"Largest ground-mounted solar array in Clackamas Co. turns on"

Lever Family Farm array. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Business Oregon

By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon

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A 500-killowatt solar farm was switched on Friday at the Lever Family Farm in Aurora, the largest of its kind in Clackamas County.

The ground-mounted solar system was developed and installed by NW Photon Energy of Lake Oswego and owned by 3CSolar of Portland. 3CSolar will sell the electricity generated by the array, enough to power 53 homes per year, to Portland General Electric Co. as part of the utility's Solar Payment Option program launched last year.

The system, which covers about two acres, uses 2,128 panels from Schuco, a German company with two U.S. offices. PV Powered solar inverters from Bend-based Advanced Energy Renewables and an energy-monitoring system from Portland's DECK Monitoring were also used in the installation. Umpqua Bank provided financing.

As it turns out, Clackamas County enjoys 5 percent more annual sunlight than Multnomah County, according to the project developers, making it an attractive location for solar.

"Despite site and weather challenges, including a 3-4 percent grade which required extensive site preparation and excessive spring rains that delayed required soil tests, the project came in on time and on budget," said Kirk Cameron, president of NW Photon Energy, in a press release.

The array will be formally commissioned with the help of Clackamas County dignitaries next week.

 
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