This project funded by



Central Electric Cooperative - Community Solar

Grade Level:
Bend, OR
PV System Size:
199.50 - kilowatts
Technology Type:
About the School:

As Oregon's Largest Community Solar Project, Central Electric Cooperative energized its 200-kW photovoltaic system in January 2016, feeding the electricity produced directly into the co-op’s distribution system. The system, designed and built by Sunlight Solar Energy of Bend, uses seven hundred 285-watt panels manufactured by SolarWorld in Portland. View live solar production here!

Located in southeast Bend, this community solar project is supported by Central Electric members who share a sense of importance about solar energy. CEC launched this project in response to feedback from members who feel the co-op has a responsibility to explore alternatives to traditional sources of energy production. One of the stated project objectives is that all costs be borne by co-op members who voluntarily participate. The project will produce an estimated 306,521 kilowatt-hours annually, providing the annual electricity needs for nearly 19 average Central Electric Co-op residential accounts. The project has the potential to be expanded in 100-kW increments to a maximum of 500-kW. Addition of future phases will be driven by growth in participant support. Central Electric members can learn more about how to participate in the project by going to Details are available on both the Green Power and Shared Solar programs.