Tiny Oregon town hosts 1st wind-solar-battery ‘hybrid’ plant
A new renewable energy plant, and the first of its kind, is being commissioned in Lexington, OR. Learn more about it here.
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A renewable energy plant being commissioned in Oregon on Wednesday that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America.
The project, which will generate enough electricity to power a small city at maximum output, addresses a key challenge facing the utility industry as the U.S. transitions away from fossil fuels and increasingly turns to solar and wind farms for power. Wind and solar are clean sources of power, but utilities have been forced…