AVANGRID has reached commercial operation at the 162 MW AC / 205 MW DC Pachwáywit Fields solar farm – also known as Montague Solar – in Gilliam County, Ore., becoming the largest solar facility in the state.
The plant supplies energy to 17 large customers and municipalities participating in Portland General Electric’s Green Future Impact program, enabling them to meet their sustainability and carbon reduction goals.
Pachwáywit Fields, which began construction in 2021, covers 1,223 hectares and includes 471,156 solar panels. During construction, the facility created approximately 300 jobs and brought $1.37 million to the community through local taxes and property lease payments.
Pronounced “patch-why-wit,” the word means “sun” in the Sahaptin language. The project is located on ceded lands of the Warm Springs Confederated Tribes, and the name honors the history and administration of the Warm Springs and Umatilla tribes.