New Solar Array Regulations Are On the Way in Oregon

Posted on January 20, 2019

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission is scheduled to order new regulations restricting new solar arrays being built on farmland.

The meeting is set for Thursday. An article in the Statesman Journal says the meeting would effectively end most new solar farms in the Willamette Valley.

Despite the ruling, there are 24 sites in Marion County already approved and if all are built, it would give the county 367 acres of solar arrays on a total of 31 farms.

Marion county has the most acreage of soil classified as high-value farmland in the state, so it has the most at stake.

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