Crook County, Ore. becoming solar energy hot spot

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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Prineville and Crook County are becoming solar energy development hot spots in central Oregon, with projects ranging from a government initiative involving up to 30 buildings to the new Facebook data center that recently opened.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports the growth is part of an expanding network of solar designers, installers and manufacturers based in central Oregon -- including several Bend-based companies.

Now, Prineville and Crook County are adding another big solar project to the list.

The city and county are joining together to bring solar power to 20 to 30 government buildings in an attempt to reduce electrical costs for lighting, heating, cooling and operating computers and other equipment.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com