The Obsidian Solar Center is a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation facility with a nominal generating capacity of 400 megawatts, located within a site boundary of approximately 3,921 acres. The applicant is requesting EFSC approval for two proposed facility scenarios. One is a solar PV without battery storage (PV only), and the other is solar PV with battery storage [dispersed or centralized] (PV plus storage).

Proposed. Obsidian Solar Center LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obsidian Renewables, LLC (applicant) filed a complete application for site certificate (ASC) with the Department on October 17, 2019. The ASC and additional information to the ASC submitted by the applicant is available below. On March 12, 2020, the Department issued its Draft Proposed Order (DPO) on the ASC and Notice of the Public Hearing on the DPO and opportunity to provide comments, the rescheduled was held in person in the area of the proposed facility at the Christmas Valley Community Hall and via webinar on Monday, July 20, 2020. All comments received on the DPO and applicant responses to the DPO are provided on the Timeline below. 

Audio recordings are available from the in-person portion of the hearing and from the WebEx webinar, and print transcripts can be found in the timeline below.

​Hard copies of the proposed Obsidian Solar Center ASC and DPO are available or have been provided to be available for public inspection at the following locations at no cost. Hard copies will be provided at reasonable cost upon request to ODOE. Please use the contact information below to arrange viewing of hard copies of the ASC and DPO:

Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 373-0214
Email: Kellen.Tardaewether@oregon.gov

Christmas Valley Branch Library
57338 Christmas Tree Ln
Christmas Valley, OR 97641
(541) 576-2336
Hours: Tuesday &Thursday: 10:30 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 3 PM

Silver Lake Branch Library
65522 Hwy 31, Silver Lake OR 97638
(541) 576-2146
Hours: Monday : 10:30 AM – 6 PM ​

Lake County, approximately eight miles northwest of Christmas Valley. PDF Maps | Online Map
Applicant/Certificate holder: Obsidian Solar Center, LLC
ODOE contact: Kellen Tardaewether
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Michelle Slater

Project Timeline

Additional Documents
Notice of Intent

Preliminary Application for Site Certificate

Complete Application for Site Certificate
Public Notice of DPO and Hearing (rescheduled)
Audio Recordings from In-Person and Webinar Public Hearing on the DPO

​Contact the Facility Siting Team:

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