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Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility III (WREFIII) is a 50 megawatt (MW) solar energy generation facility on 357 acres (0.5 sq. miles) of private land within an approximately 2,294 acre site boundary.

Operating. The facility commenced commercial operation on March 22, 2022.​

WREFIII facility components are located in Morrow County; the site boundary is bisected by OR 207, approximately 5 miles northeast of Lexington and approximately 7 miles northwest of Heppner. PDF Map I Online Map​

Applicant/Certificate holder: Wheatridge Solar Energy Center, LLC
ODOE contact: Duane Kilsdonk
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: David Lawlor

​​On November 19, 2020, the Energy Facility Siting Council approved Request for Amendment 1 of the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility II site certificate, which authorized allocation of previously approved facility components into an amended and two original site certificates for Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility II, Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility III and Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility East​, respectively. The documentation for the original project can be found on the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility II webpage.

  • Click here to view a diagram of the Site Certificate history.

Project Timeline

Additional Documents

​For other documents related to WREFIII, please see the original facility page​.




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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