Oregon breaks ground on solar highway project


Portland General Electric and the Oregon Department of Transportation broke ground on a $10 million solar array on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville.

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Portland General Electric and the Oregon Department of Transportation broke ground on a $10 million solar array on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville.

The 1.75 megawatt solar array is billed as the nation’s largest solar highway project.

ODOT and PGE are boasting an all-Oregon project, similar to the ground-mounted solar project launched by the Oregon University System last week. The Baldock Solar Highway array will include 6,994 panels from SolarWorld, with the solar inverters coming from Advanced Energy, which purchased PV Powered of Bend in last year.

ODOT owns the land and PGE will build and operate the installation, which is expected to come online in January. The array will help PGE meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard which requires utilities to get 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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