12 Sep '11, 4pm

Nation’s First Solar Highway Breaks Ground in Oregon

The nation's largest solar highway project broke ground in Oregon at the end of August, but that's not all that distinguishes it. All the components for the project are Oregon-made, contributing to the local economy. Baldock Solar Highway consists of 7000 solar PV panels that will produce 1.75 megawatt (MW) on Interstate 5 near Wilsonville, Oregon. You'll find it at the Baldock Safety Rest Area on seven acres owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The project is a public-private partnership between ODOT and Portland General Electric (PGE). When it's completed in 2012, it will generate 9% of the power ODOT buys from PGE. The project is all made in Oregon - PGE is installing the panels, which are produced by SolarWorld of Hillsboro,OR. with solar inverters provided by Advanced Energy of Bend, OR. It will also help PGE meet the state's Renewable Portfolio St...

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