Right-of-way at the interchange of Interstate 5 and Highway 205
100+ kW system contains about 8,000 square fee of solar panels
Rather than resist the inevitable, PGE is taking a leadership position by fully embracing PV power. “Most utilities look at distributed solar as just negative load,” Osborn explains. We view solar as the future of renewable energy, and are aggressively pursuing its adoption under several initiatives. Among those initiatives is the partnership with PV Powered under the SEGIS program.
Under this initiative, PGE is installing an enhanced prototype of a PV Powered inverter in a smart islanding demonstration along the Oregon Solar Highway that utilizes measurements from synchrophasors manufactured by Schweitzer Engineering Labs. The Solar Highway, the first of its kind in the U.S., is a photovoltaic proof-of-concept demonstration conducted by a collaboration of PGE, US Bank and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The 100+ kW system contains about 8,000 square feet of solar panels extending about the length of two football fields along the right-of-way at the interchange of Interstate 5 and Highway 205 in Tualatin, a suburb of Portland. The state, through the leadership of its governor, has plans to build the world’s largest Solar Highway with a total capacity exceeding 3 MW.
Mark Osborn, PGE's Distributed Resources Manager
Putting the Smart Inverter to Work at Portland General Electric