According to Portland General Electric (PGE), Intel has joined PGE’s Green Future Impact program.
With Intel’s participation, PGE secured a 15-year deal with Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., to purchase zero-emission power from a new 138 MW solar array being developed in Wasco County, Ore’s largest individual in the PGE program; The company joins 17 other companies and municipalities that have committed to buying clean electricity under the Green Future Impact program, filling the program’s original capacity of 300 MW.
Intel has signed a 15-year contract with PGE to enable the development of the new Daybreak solar system. It will produce a significant portion of the energy needed to power Intel’s development and manufacturing facilities in Hillsboro, Ore. Intel will be the sole consumer of this new facility and will also purchase and retire related renewable energy under the agreement from Avangrid Renewables to improve the quality of its 100% renewable US energy supply. Since 2004, Intel has been the largest customer of the PGE product Green Future Enterprise (formerly Clean Wind).
“Intel is excited to make this new solar facility easier to build and to provide our Oregon facilities with locally renewable energy,” said Marty Sedler, director of global utilities and infrastructure at Intel Corp. “We are proud to expand our commitment to sustainability and to fuel Oregon’s economy. “
Avangrid Renewables will develop the project on 1,100 acres of private land. An estimated 150-200 jobs will be created during the building construction phase in partnership with local unions and operations are expected to be reached in 2022. This will benefit the local economy in the coming years by generating an estimated $ 30 million in taxes and property owner leases payments over the life of the project.
PGE’s agreement with Avangrid Renewables is the second local renewable energy project made possible by Green Future Impact customers. In 2020, PGE and Avangrid Renewables announced the development of a 162 MW solar array – the largest in Oregon – to meet the needs of 17 Green Future Impact subscribers. This project is expected to go online later this year.
PGE has requested approval from the Oregon Public Utility Commission to add 200 MW of installed renewable energy to the program to meet customer demand.
Click here for more information on PGE’s Green Future Impact program.