Blue Marmot Solar Park will be located in the vicinity of the town of Lakeview in southeastern Oregon, near the border of Oregon and California. Located entirely within Lake County, the solar park will complement the area’s high desert and agricultural landscape while harnessing the region’s abundant sun.
Blue Marmot Solar Park has an installed capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). Blue Marmot's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 12,000 Oregon homes.
Blue Marmot Solar Park yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Blue Marmot represents a capital investment of approximately $80 million. The project will create hundreds of full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as several permanent jobs during the life of the project.
Blue Marmot Solar Park saves more than 65 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Solar energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Blue Marmot Solar Park will be compatible with other land uses and will provide a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the solar park’s landowners through the life of the project.
Blue Marmot Solar Park will consist of more than 150,000 photovoltaic solar panels mounted on a single-axis tracking system for a combined output of 50 MW. Photovoltaic solar cells have no moving parts and convert sunlight directly into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This direct-current electricity is then collected, transformed into alternating-current, and finally enters the electrical grid through a substation after being converted to the proper voltage.
Blue Marmot Solar Park will provide energy security and help diversify supply.