Midstate Electric Cooperative
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Midstate Electric Coop's administration building, completed in September of 2005, was the first LEED® certified building in Central Oregon and the first LEED® certified electric cooperative in the world.
Buildings seeking LEED® certification are evaluated in six categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design. The 7-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system that sits atop the building's parking structure is expected to supply 12 percent of the annual energy consumed on-site. Midstate plans to purchase wind energy to provide the remaining 88% of the required electricity.
Energy monitoring provided to the school at the time of the project by the Solar 4R Schools program allowed students and educators to analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes.