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PGE is helping to grow solar energy in Oregon in a variety of ways, including recruiting solar manufacturers here and creating partnerships to implement solar electric installations. Learn about PGE’s pioneering solar projects:

Oregon Solar Highway Demonstration Project Nation’s first solar highway
PGE helped develop the nation’s first solar highway — the Oregon Solar Highway Demonstration Project — at the Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 interchange in Tualatin.

The electricity generated is operating highway lights reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. The 104-kilowatt solar photovoltaic demonstration project, which is 540 feet long — almost the length of two football fields — is a collaborative effort with the Oregon Department of Transportation. The $1.3 million project came online in December 2008 and is an all-Oregon project built by Oregon companies.

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Baldock Solar Highway ProjectBaldock Solar Highway Project
In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online — the nation’s largest solar highway project!

Adjacent to farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.

The project features a solar energy interpretive display, edged by a sustainable community garden. It is an all-Oregon project built by Oregon companies.

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Yamhill and Bellevue ProjectsYamhill and Bellevue Projects
PGE customers also are receiving renewable energy from enXco’s Yamhill and Bellevue Solar Projects in Oregon’s Yamhill County. Completed in fall 2011, the two thin-film solar photovoltaic installations cover about 23 acres and have a combined generating capacity of 2.84 MW, enough to power about 338 homes annually. Individually, they are the second-and third-largest solar facilities now operating in Oregon and will help serve PGE customers for 25 years.

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Outback ProjectOutback Project
Photo courtesy of Constellation Energy
Oregon’s largest solar array when it was completed in 2012, the Outback Solar Project in Lake County is made up of 20,000 ground-mounted, photovoltaic panels with a combined 5 MW generating capacity. The panels use a single-axis tracking system to maximize solar exposure. The entire output of the project serves PGE customers via a 25-year contract with its owner, Constellation Energy.

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Solar panel installation on ProLogis warehouse rooftop Northwest’s largest rooftop installation
PGE, ProLogis and other partners rolled out a 2.4 megawatt rooftop solar project in 2010, the largest solar project in the Pacific Northwest. The project adds to a 2009 ProLogis rooftop solar project, bringing PGE’s total partnership with ProLogis to 3.5 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power about 312 households annually. The project was also funded in part by PGE Clean Wind renewable power customers.

The 2010 project covers 900,000 square feet of roof space on seven ProLogis distribution centers in Portland, Gresham and Clackamas. Using thin-film solar panels, it puts solar power directly onto the grid, adding to the renewable energy PGE already delivers to our customers.

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