- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A Canadian energy developer is closer to putting a solar farm in central Oregon.

The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1s5ERHm) Saturn Power Corp. is planning a 10-megawatt facility that could power 1,500 homes each year.

Deschutes County’s permit and plan approval for the project was finalized last week after the appeal period ended without opposition.

A company consultant said last year that the electricity will be sold to Pacific Power.

Bend-based Sunlight Solar Energy operates 1,566 solar panels at the Central Electric Cooperative in Bend. Founder and president Paul Israel says there has been plenty of interest in putting commercial solar facilities in Oregon, but that the process is slow.

Developers behind a planned 20-megawatt facility have asked the county to approve revised construction plans.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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