Redland solar project gets $279K from PGE
A telecommunications company based in the Redland area of unincorporated Oregon City is receiving $278,896 from PGE's Renewable Development Fund.
Clear Creek Communications has used the money to install two solar arrays on the company's Fischers Mill Road property. Officials expect that by this spring, the project will generate nearly 110 kilowatts of solar energy to offset 25% of Clear Creek's overall power requirement.
Clear Creek, which invested $49,546 in the project, also was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Oregon Public Utility Commission to aid in the installation with a total budget of nearly $358,500. Construction kicked off in late January and lasted through the end of February.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this power source evolution toward greener and renewable sources," said Jay Henke, Clear Creek Communications CEO. "This is a long-term plan, and the solar project is just the start to make that bigger plan a reality. Stay tuned for more exciting information on this project and presentations of its benefits to not only Clear Creek, but the future potential for the Redland community."
Henke said Clear Creek has been working for over a year to migrate customers away from power-hungry set-top TV boxes and Wi-Fi routers to more eco-friendly options whenever possible.
"Products like our HomeSync-managed Wi-Fi routers and access points are one of the lowest power consuming Wi-Fi devices on the market," Henke said.
More than 200,000 PGE customers who purchase Green Future renewable energy have helped fund Clear Creek's project. Over the past decade, PGE's Green Future program has resulted in more than 8 megawatts of renewable energy-generation equipment installed in Oregon, with another 3 megawatts under construction.
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