CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State University expects a solar project to begin supplying the university with electricity beginning in January.
The Gazette-Times reports the Corvallis school is working with two companies to install 3,000 solar panels.
SolarCity installed, owns and operates the equipment. Officials say the university will buy the power at a rate of a little more than half what it pays Pacific Power for electricity.
University officials say efficiency is still the school's top priority for reducing its output of greenhouse gases, but solar power will play an increasing role in that effort.
Plans call for expanding the project to 10 acres by the fall of 2013, providing 3 to 5 percent of OSU's power needs.