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Press Release
November 28, 2011
Christmas Valley solar project
The Oregon Military Department began a $1 million solar installation project on the former Back Scatter Radar site located east of the community of Christmas Valley, Ore. 
The Oregon Military Department will install 134 kilowatts of solar panels on three existing warehouse facilities located at the Oregon Emergency Response Center, previously known as the Back Scatter Radar site. The project will include three PV Powered inverters (made in Bend) and approximately 500 Solar World solar panels (made in Hillsboro), each capable of generating 235 Watts of electricity.
The Oregon Military Department will also utilize existing warehouses on the site for its Office of Emergency Management as emergency supplies storage.  In addition, the Department is working with private industry in an effort to attract industrial sized projects on the site as well as consolidate other state solar efforts from around the state.
The Oregon Military Department awarded the design-build contract to Randolph Construction Services of Pasco, Wash., along with Hire Electric of The Dalles, Ore., and Bradford Engineering of Lake Oswego, Ore. 
Funding for the solar installation project came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus funding), through the Oregon Department of Energy.
The project is expected to be completed in late December 2011.
Contact Info: Gary Van Drew, Senior Project Manager, Oregon Military Department, 503-584-3535