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US utilities Portland General Electric (PGE) and Avangrid have signed an agreement to develop the largest solar generation facility in Oregon.

The deal, part of PGE’s Green Future Impact Customers initiative, will enable the development of a new 162MW solar generation facility in eastern Oregon.

Avangrid Renewables will develop, own and operate the project from which PGE will source solar energy to power Green Future Impact Customers for 15 years.

 The project is Avangrid Renewables 11th renewables initiative in Oregon, will be built on 1,200 acres of land as from late 2020 or early 2021.

The solar generation facility will create 300 jobs, power 40,000 homes and generate an estimated $1.3 million of taxes and property owner lease payments each year.

Maria Pope, the CEO of PGE, said: “We’re proud to meet growing customer demand for clean energy.

“These partnerships are critical for creating jobs, thereby creating a green economy and accelerating clean energy delivery to customers.”

“We value the opportunity to partner with PGE to build the largest solar facility in Oregon,” said Alejandro de Hoz, Avangrid Renewables president and CEO. “Given our company’s long history in the Pacific Northwest, we are proud to play a key role in delivering more renewable electricity to forward-thinking commercial energy customers.”

Participating Green Future Impact customers include Adobe, Comcast, Daimler Trucks North America, Digital Realty, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Community College, Portland State University and the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Portland, Salem, West Linn and Wilsonville, along with Multnomah and Washington counties.