AVANGRID’s 162 MWac solar farm to start its commercial operation phase

AVANGRID’s 162 MWac (205 MWdc) Pachwáywit Fields solar farm in Oregon, US, has begun commercial operations. Iberdrola is the parent company of AVANGRID. The facility, which is situated in Gilliam County, is the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the state. The 1,223-acre Pachwáywit Fields facility has 471,156 solar panels, producing enough clean energy to power 40,000 households. During its construction phase, the project created 300 jobs and benefited the local community with $1.37m in taxes and property lease payments.

Earlier this month, Avangrid and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss the viability of developing up to 1 GW of green energy projects within the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. The two parties will concentrate on the development of projects for battery storage as well as wind and solar power. The project is expected to create new jobs and assist economic development.