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Ground Broken on Solar Energy Project in Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is collaborating with Multnomah County officials in Oregon to develop 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of solar power on County-owned facilities at little to no cost to County taxpayers.

The project would more than double the state’s current installed solar electricity capacity. The plan calls for the County to purchase the power produced on the rooftops at the same rates citizens are currently paying on electric utilities.

The County, in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, will create a virtual power plant mounted on the roofs of select County buildings from which the County will receive at least 20 years of renewable energy.

“Energy Trust is excited to have the opportunity to work with Multnomah County to create a solar power plant that stretches across approximately ten rooftops,” said Margie Harris, Energy Trust executive director.

“This will be the biggest solar project we have supported and certainly one of the most visionary. We expect it to be a model that other Oregon counties and cities can follow,” she added. Energy Trust of Oregon has been a partner on 452 solar energy projects in Oregon to date.