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Deschutes County approves solar farm

The approved solar farm near Redmond will have a capacity of nearly 10 megawatts.

From Portland Business Journal

That project will consist of solar panels on 96 acres. The 10-megawatt project could provide enough power to energize around 1,500 homes annually. It follows plans for a 20-megawatt installation east of Bend.

Those and similarly sized solar projects around the state were boosted in March. After legislation passed to increase the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent — doubling the renewable energy in Oregon's electric supply — another bill incentivizing small utility-scale solar projects was approved to help encourage such energy development in Oregon.

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Eugene scraps Willamette planning effort

The Eugene City Counci unanimously withdrew South Wilamette Special Area Zone considerations Monday.

From Register-Guard:

With the decision, Councilor George Brown said city officials were acknowledging “we gave it our best effort but it just didn’t work.”

“This will set everyone’s minds at ease that it’s going away, it’s not coming back,” he said.

 

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Bernie Sanders to rally Tuesday in Salem

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a campaign rally today at the Salem Armory Auditorium.

From Statesman Journal:

Sanders is expected to give his stump speech, discussing the influence of money in politics, making public colleges tuition-free, fighting climate change and implementing universal health care.

The candidate is trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the race to claim the Democratic nomination. Despite that, Sanders is posturing strongly in Oregon. The Salem rally will be his fourth campaign stop in the Beaver State — Hillary Clinton has not yet visited.

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Intel layoffs will impact Oregon workforce

One of the biggest layoffs in Intel's history last month will likely strain the Oregon workforce, but with numerous companies seeking skilled workers, it's possible workers have an opportunity for employment.

From OregonLive:

While Oregon tech jobs are at their healthiest point in a decade, the sudden addition of hundreds of job hunters – with hundreds more to come – will "strain" local hiring capacity, said Dominic Moore, president of Flux Resources, a Lake Oswego recruitment firm.

"I think it's going to be tough," Moore said. "I don't want to sugarcoat anything. People need to expect it's going to be a process."

The state's flourishing technology ecosystem, though, is stocked with fast-growing companies hungry for skilled workers. Some of those companies are leaping at the opportunity to recruit former Intel employees.

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