SolarWorld will supply 10.5MW (DC) of 72-cell solar panels to power a project located near Lakeview, Oregon, in the state's south-central high-desert outback.
Working with project developer Obsidian Renewables, SolarWorld will provide solar technology to go into an 8MW (AC) project that is expected to produce about 20.8 million kWh of electricity a year – enough to power more than 1,800 homes.
"Obsidian Renewables is the exact type of customer we had in mind when we entered the 72-cell market, and working with customers like them we will continue to increase production and employment here in the USA," said Ardes Johnson, SolarWorld's U.S. vice president for sales and marketing. "Obsidian values the high quality and efficiency that comes from a company with more than 40 years of industry-leading experience."
"SolarWorld's reputation for high technological quality precedes it," said David Brown, senior principal of Obsidian Renewables. "The market-leading output of its 72-cell product will translate into higher energy yield and therefore cost savings. The technology is ideal for tapping the solar resource at this well-located site."
The site, formerly used for seasonal grazing, enjoys some of the Northwest's best solar radiation, Brown said. The project, he said, has strong support from the city of Lakeview, Lake County, the Lake County Resources Initiative and the Oregon Department of Energy.