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The Sunstone Solar Project (formerly Echo Solar Project) is a proposed 1,200-megawatt solar photovoltaic power generation facility. In addition to the proposed solar photovoltaic arrays, the facility would include:

- Up to 7,200 MW hours of battery storage capacity
- An interconnection substation
- Up to six collector substations
- Up to four operations and maintenance buildings
- Up to 9.5 miles of 230-kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission lines
- Other structures including roads, perimeter fencing and gates.

If approved, the facility would occupy approximately 9,442 acres (14.75 sq. miles) of private land zoned for Exclusive Farm Use within an approximately 10,960-acre (17-sq. mile) site in Morrow County, Oregon.

Proposed. The Department received the preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC) on June 30, 2023, and conducted its review of the pASC in coordination with state agencies, and Tribal and local governments. The applicant filed a complete ASC on May 15, 2024. Under OAR 345-015-0190(5), an ASC is complete when the Department finds that an applicant has submitted information adequate for the Council to make findings or impose conditions on all applicable Council standards.

The Department will hold an in-person and remote public information meeting with the applicant to provide information about the proposed facility and the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) siting process; participation details are provided below. The public information meeting is not a public hearing and will not include public testimony or on the record public comments. Opportunity for written or oral testimony will be provided at a later date – during the draft proposed order (DPO) public comment period and public hearing – following issuance of the DPO as described below. This meeting will be recorded and posted on the Department's project webpage after the meeting.

Public Information Meeting:

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time: 5:00 PM PT – In person Meet and Greet and 1 on 1 questions with ODOE and applicant.

5:30 PM PT – Presentation/Webinar by ODOE and applicant followed by Q & A

Location: Port of Morrow Riverfront Center
               Riverfront Room
               2 East Marine Drive
               Boardman, Oregon 97818

You may also participate in the information meeting via Webinar or by phone:

Webinar link:
https://odoe.webex.com/odoe/j.php?MTID=m965117a27b96da0139bb64a0b2f501cd
Webinar number: 2337 768 7109
Webinar password:  EFSC (3372)
If using Webex, please use your full name to sign in to help staff manage public comments. Additional information will be provided at the hearing about how to provide an oral comment using Webex features. 
Call In: 408-418-9388 (United States Toll)
Access code: 2337 768 7109

​Morrow County, approximately 15 miles northeast of Lexington, Oregon.​ PDF Map Online Map

Applicant/Certificate holder: Sunstone Solar, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pine Gate Renewables, LLC
ODOE contact: Christopher Clark
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Logan Stephens

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Project Timeline

  
Additional Documents
  
05/10/2022
06/10/2022
09/27/2022
06/01/2023
Complete Application for Site Certificate
05/16/2024
05/21/2024

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Exhibit Files Reference

  • Exhibit A: Applicant Information 
  • Exhibit B: Project Description
  • Exhibit C: Property Location and Maps
  • Exhibit D: Organizational Information
  • Exhibit E​: Permits Required
  • Exhibit F: Property Ownership 
  • Exhibit G: Materials Analysis
  • Exhibit H: Geology and Soil Stability 
  • Exhibit I: Soils
  • Exhibit J: Wetlands
  • Exhibit K: Land Use
  • Exhibit L: Protected Areas
  • Exhibit M: Financial Analysis
  • Exhibit N​: Non-generating Facility Information
  • Exhibit O: Water Requirements
  • Exhibit P: Fish Wildlife Habitat 
  • Exhibit Q: Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
  • Exhibit R: Scenic Aesthetic Values 
  • Exhibit S: Cultural Resources
  • Exhibit T: Recreational Facilities 
  • Exhibit U: Public Services
  • Exhibit V​: Waste Minimization 
  • Exhibit W: Site Restoration
  • Exhibit X: Noise 
  • Exhibit Y: Carbon Dioxide Emissions 
  • Exhibit Z: Cooling Towers  
  • Exhibit AA: EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Exhibit BB: Other Information
  • Exhibit CC: Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
  • Exhibit DD​: Other Specific Standards