PGE Builds Big Solar Roofing Project

In another bold renewable energy move for  Portland General Electric (PGE), the company announced recently the completion of the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest, a 673,000-square-foot, 2.4-megawatt project atop the roofs of seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in Portland, Gresham, and Clackamas, Oregon.

This $14 million distributed solar project began construction in March 2010 and went online in early July 2010. It represents PGE’s second rooftop solar collaboration with  ProLogis, a distribution facilities company, bringing their total combined solar build-out to 3.5 megawatts of solar energy.  This energy will power ProLogis’ warehouses while helping to provide renewable energy to PGE’s service areas.

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image via Portland General Electric

The project brings PGE’s total solar capacity to 14.3 megawatts of solar capacity, including the 104-kilowatt solar highway demonstration project with the Oregon Department of Transportation and more than 10.7 megawatts of customer-owned solar energy projects supported by PGE through its net metering program. The utility company also expects another 17.5 megawatts of customer-owned solar energy projects to come online through the state’s recently adopted five-year solar energy incentive pilot program, the Solar Payment Option program. In 2009, PGE ranked among the top 10 utilities in the western region for solar installations, according to the national Solar Energy Power Association.

“Solar is clearly growing in Oregon and our customers are helping drive that,” said Carol Dillin, PGE’s vice president of customers and economic development, in a statement. “We have seen unprecedented growth of residential and business solar projects in our area over the past two years which, coupled with the growth in solar manufacturing, helps develop more clean, renewable resources for the region and stimulate Oregon’s green economy.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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