Solar, Utility Scale

Senate Bill to Fund Large-Scale Solar Test Facility

The offices of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have notified Portland State University that the Senate Appropriations Committee has included $300,000 in funding for PSU’s Solar Photovoltaic Test Facility System, Materials & Installation Project in H.R. 2419, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This would be the first large-scale solar test facility installation on a university campus to be used primarily as an educational and research tool.

“This project demonstrates Portland State University’s leadership role in sustainability and will not only provide energy savings for the University, but also educational opportunities for the campus community and for the region,” said PSU President Daniel O. Bernstine. The Solar Photovoltaic Test Facility System, Materials & Installation Project installation is a 25 kW solar array system to be located on the roof of Cramer Hall (1721 SW Broadway, Portland, Ore.), one of Portland State University’s main academic buildings. The project will provide educational opportunities and research value, while supporting the market for solar energy technologies. The initial installation will allow for direct comparisons of the mix of solar equipment components and how their placement, and enhancement of that equipment, can be measured for effectiveness and efficiency. This flexibility will allow research to be conducted to develop better ways to harness and use solar power. The funding bill now moves to the Senate floor.