GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - February 12, 2021
Intel Corp. to power Oregon facilities with solar
Intel announced on Feb. 11 that it has signed a 15-year agreement with PGE to purchase solar power to help provide renewable power for its technology development and manufacturing facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon. This will allow Intel to reduce carbon emissions
The power will come from the 138-MW Daybreak Solar plant in Wasco County, Oregon. Intel will be the only purchaser of power from this new facility. As part of the agreement, it will also purchase and retire the associated renewable energy credits from owner and developer Avangrid Renewables to improve the quality of its 100% renewable U.S. energy supply. Since 2004, Intel has been the largest purchaser of PGE’s Green Future Enterprise (formerly Clean Wind) product.
“Intel is excited to facilitate the construction of this new solar facility and provide our Oregon facilities with locally-based renewable energy,” Marty Sedler, director of global utilities and Infrastructure for Intel Corp., said in a statement. “We are proud to extend our commitment to sustainability and to advancing Oregon’s economy.”
This agreement is part of PGE’s Green Future Impact program. Intel’s purchase is the single largest in PGE’s program; the company joins 17 other businesses and municipalities that have committed to purchase clean power through the Green Future Impact program, filling the program’s original 300-MW capacity.
“PGE is excited to work with Intel to enable their ambitious sustainability and climate goals through our Green Future Impact program,” PGE vice president and chief customer officer John McFarland said in the statement. “Partnerships like this strengthen Oregon’s economy and also help advance PGE’s goal to reduce the emissions associated with the power we serve to customers by at least 80% by 2030. We look forward to working with Intel and Avangrid Renewables for years to come.”