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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).

​Proposed. On November 5, 2021, EE West End Solar LLC (applicant), a subsidiary of Eurus Solar Holdings, LLC (submitted to the Department a Preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC), and on January 3, 2022 the Department determined the pASC to be incomplete and issued requests for additional information (RAIs). The Department issued the project order for the facility on February 10, 2022 which identifies information necessary to be included in the Application for Site Certificate (ASC), and is available below on the Project Timeline. On September 19, 2022, the Department deemed the application complete and on September 28, 2022 the applicant filed its complete ASC. The ASC is provided on the Timeline below. The Department and applicant held a remote informational meeting on the ASC on October 10, 2022.

On October 26, 2022, the Department issued the draft proposed order (DPO) on the ASC which includes staff's preliminary recommendations and site certificate conditions, where staff also recommends the ASC meets all required standards and should be approved by the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC).

The issuance of the DPO begins a comment period on the DPO and ASC. The comment period is October 26, 2022 through November 17, 2022, at the close of the in-person public hearing listed below.

Written comments to be included on the record of the public hearing must be received by the comment deadline of Thursday, November 17, 2022, the close of the public hearing date, submitted at the hearing, through the public comment portal described below or by mail, email, or fax to the hearing officer, in care of:

Kellen Tardaewether, Senior Siting Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy
Mail: 550 Capital Street NE Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-373-7806
Email: Kellen.TARDAEWETHER@energy.oregon.gov

Online Comment Portal: To get started, choose “West End Solar" from the drop-down menu. Click “Next" and follow the instructions on screen. You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your comment. The portal can be accessed here.

In Person & Remote Public Hearing Information:

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Start Time: 5:30 p.m.
End Time: 6:15 p.m. or later depending on participation
Location: Oxford Inn Suites
               Walleye Room
               1050 N. First Street
               Hermiston, OR 97838

You may also participate in the public hearing via Webinar or Teleconference:

Webinar link: https://odoe.webex.com/odoe/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32ee0b5714ee1021363ed2dc7be2fe8f
Webinar Event Number:  2336 558 1748
Webinar Event Password:  EFSC
Teleconference: 408-418-9388
Teleconference Access code:  2336 558 1748​

​Umatilla County, approximately two miles southeast of the City of Hermiston. PDF Maps | ​Online Map​

Applicant/Certificate holder: EE West End Solar LLC
ODOE contact: Kellen Tardaewether
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Rob Curulla

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Project Timeline

  
Additional Documents
  
Request for Expedited Review for Small Capacity Facilities
12/04/2020
Approval of Expedited Review
12/17/2020
02/10/2022
Application for Site Certificate (ASC)
09/28/2022
10/26/2022
10/26/2022

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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