The West End Solar Project is a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation facility with an average generating capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). Related or supporting facilities to the solar energy facility include up to 70 MW energy storage system, collector substation, switchyard substation, O&M enclosure, service roads, security fencing and gates, and construction areas.
The proposed facility would be located within a site boundary of approximately 324 acres zoned Exclusive Farm Use in Umatilla County, approximately two miles southeast of the City of Hermiston. Of the 324 acres, the proposed facility site includes approximately 238 acres of high-value farmland under ORS 195.300(10)(f) because of the location within the designated Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA). The proposed facility site does not include high-value farmland as defined under ORS 195.300(10)(a) (soils) or ORS 195.300(10)(c) (water rights).
Proposed. On December 11, 2020, EE West End Solar LLC (applicant), a subsidiary of Eurus Energy America Corporation submitted to the Department a Request for Expedited Review for Small Capacity Facilities under OAR 345-015-0300, and on December 17, 2020 the Department notified the applicant it approved the Request for Expedited Review. The pASC was filed on November 5, 2021 and is available on the Timeline below. The Department is drafting the project order and will begin its review and send reviewing agency comment requests in November 2021.
The Request for Expedited Review and Department approval is also included in the Timeline below.