The Gala Solar Power Plant in Crook County produces enough electricity to power approximately 14,000 homes.

The Gala Solar Power Plant in Crook County produces enough electricity to power approximately 14,000 homes.

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Solar power generation in Crook County took a big step forward this past fall and is poised to continue growing in the years ahead.

This past February, SunPower Corp., which is headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, announced construction of the Gala Solar Power Plant. By late October, the 56-megawatt facility was completed and operational.

Located on Millican Road about seven miles south of the Prineville Airport, it was estimated that 300 jobs would be created during peak construction of the solar facility.

“I’ve often said that in Oregon, we don’t believe economic development and environmental stewardship are mutually exclusive ideas,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown after construction was announced. “The approximately 300 jobs expected to be created by the Gala Solar Power Plant are proof we can grow our rural communities and support a vibrant and innovative renewable energy industry.”

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.