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Taking the Next Step in Coburg Hills: Qcells Files a Notice of Intent (NOI)

Qcells Sheep Grazing Coburg Hills Energy

We are thrilled to share an important milestone in our innovative dual use solar project for the Coburg Hills area of Linn County. We have filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) for the Muddy Creek Dual Use Solar Project.

This is just the first step in a long permitting process that will include an opportunity for public input and engagement. We are spending the next few months completing detailed studies and putting together our full permit application. We are also focused on outreach, including meeting with local leaders, community groups, and more.

What is a Notice of Intent (NOI)?

The NOI is the first step in the permitting process with EFSC. From the EFSC website, “Before a large
energy facility is built in Oregon, a developer must apply for a site certificate from the Energy Facility
Siting Council.” The NOI states our intent to submit a full application for a site certificate.

About The Project:

The Muddy Creek solar project is the region’s first proposal to mix solar panels with sheep grazing and native plants on agricultural land. It is expected to generate an estimated 200 MW of solar energy per year – enough to power more than 34,000 households – while helping meet the agricultural and economic needs of the Willamette Valley.

Qcells, a national leader in solar energy, is working with local stakeholders to ensure the Muddy Creek Solar project benefits the community from the start. We have the resources, expertise and experience to create tangible, long-term benefits for the area and environment as a whole. Dual-use farming and grazing can benefit Linn County by providing more flexibility to farmers and more renewable energy and tax support to the community. It protects our environment and the future of our farms.

We are excited to continue to work with our partners in Linn County to build the future of energy and agriculture, together.