Largest solar energy facility in Oregon gets final approval after legal battles

Plans for a massive solar installation in Oregon's desert has cleared another hurdle. The $500 million project would be built near Christmas Valley.

The largest solar energy facility planned in Oregon got its final greenlight for construction last week. The approval follows years of legal battles mounted by area farmers and ranchers. 

The Obsidian Solar Center is a project of Lake Oswego-based Obsidian Renewables LLC. 

It will be the largest solar facility in the Pacific Northwest and one of the largest in the country by output, with more than 1.7 million solar panels generating at least 400 megawatts of energy at a time – enough to power more than 76,000 homes, according to

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