BEND, OR -- Less than two months after breaking ground, Central Electric Cooperative is hosting a ceremonial “panel hanging” on Thursday. The solar project is adjacent to the utility's service center on SE 27th in Bend, next to the Knott landfill.
The community solar project allows members to voluntarily share the costs and benefits of the 200,000-watt installation on approximately 1.7 acres of land. Central Electric's Courtney Linville says customers who purchase a solar panel or a share in a panel will receive benefits. “Members will actually get the credit from the energy that is created from the panel onto their bills. We have enough space to grow up to five phases. Right now we’re just starting with the first phase and seeing what the community response is.” Phase one will house 704 solar panels.
The project is visible from 27th street. “We will have plantings going around the facility itself so while we’re doing construction you’ll be able to se it. By early next spring we’ll have some plantings to kind of block the view just a little bit,” Linville tells KBND News.
Thursday’s panel hanging starts at 1:30 PM, at the 27th street location.