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Eastern Oregon Solar Siting Possibilities

Improving access to renewable energy is important for the future of our state and our nation. Oregon is fortunate to have a reliable solar resource, which is even stronger on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range. Advances in technology are allowing commercial photovoltaic solar facilities to deliver clean electricity to the grid at more affordable price points.

At their November 2, 2023, meeting, the Land Conservation and Development Commission directed Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) staff to begin rulemaking to carry out the requirements of Section 35, House Bill 3409. The commission's charge includes, among other things, guidance for consulting with Tribal Governments, establishing the RAC, and an expectation that revisions to OAR Chapter 660, Divisions 4, 6, 23, and 33 will be identified for review and amendment.

The best possible outcome of this rulemaking effort would include identifying sites that support development of photovoltaic solar projects that do not unnecessarily encroach upon other resources treasured by Oregonians. Areas of cultural significance and wildlife habitat, as well as important areas for commercial farming, ranching, and forest activities are a few examples of important resource values. The next step would be to encourage development of identified sites with projects that will help meet Oregon's clean energy goals.​​

​The 2023 Oregon Legislative Assembly passed HB 3409. Section 35.(2) of this bill directs the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to consider and adopt administrative rules for the purpose "Finding Opportunity and Reducing Conflict in Siting Photovoltaic Solar Power Generation Facilities." The bill focuses attention on Eastern Oregon, requires consideration of a variety of natural resource and community values, promotes coordination with Tribal, State, and Local governments, and requires the appointment of a diverse Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC).

Advisory Committee Meetings

Stay Informed

Community members will be able to view RAC meetings in person and online and are welcome to email comments to staff throughout the rulemaking process. RAC and TAC meeting summaries will be made available on this page. LCDC will hold a public hearing when staff presents a recommended draft for consideration.

For substantive questions about the rulemaking, or if you are interested in being interviewed as an interested party to these issues, please contact Community Services Specialist, Jon Jinings at

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Jon Jinings
Community Services Specialist
Phone: 541-325-6928

Casaria Taylor
Senior Rules Coordinator
Phone: 971-600-7699