Lakeview solar power plant generating electricity

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Nearly 9,000 solar panels at PacifiCorp’s two-megawatt solar installation in Southern Oregon have started generating electricity.

The utility announced Friday that the Black Cap Solar Facility will produce enough electricity for about 400 average residential customers from its location on 20 acres about two miles from downtown Lakeview.

The Bend Bulletin reports the project is Oregon’s first utility-scale solar installation to begin producing power.

Inverters, the devices that convert solar power into electrical current, were made by Advanced Energy Industries in Bend.