The Pacific Northwest’s largest water utility-powered solar station will go online next week in Northeast Portland.
The Portland Water Bureau will flip the switch for “Solar on the Slough” at the Columbia South Shore Well Field, Portland’s groundwater supply source, next Tuesday.
The more than 1,200 panels near NE Airport Way will generate nearly 300,000 kilowatts of electricity each year, about 1.5 percent of the power used by the bureau.
The panels can also generate up to 9,000 watts even on cloudy days.
The electricity runs to a meter, then to a pump station. Energy not used by the pump station is sent to the PGE utility grid.
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