ODOT got approval from Clackamas County to install the largest solar highway project in the nation.
The Oregon Department of Transportation got approval from Clackamas County to install the largest solar highway project in the nation.
It will also be the largest solar project at a safety rest area in the world.
Once operational, the solar panels at the Baldock rest area along northbound Interstate 5 just south of Wilsonville will produce approximately 1.9 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy each year, according to ODOT. That would produce more than enough energy to power both the northbound and southbound Baldock rest stops as well as lighting at the nearby I-5 interchange with Oregon 551.
The project will be the agency’s second solar highway project. It will produce substantially more power than the agency’s pilot program just a few miles north at the I-5 interchange with Interstate 205. That project generates about 130,000 kilowatt-hours annually.
Read more at OregonLive.com.