Oregon, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] PV Powered’s commercial inverters are being installed in a new 2.4-megawatt (MW) project in Portland, Oregon, the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest. The project, which will be managed by a joint venture between Portland General Electric (PGE) and U.S. Bank, will cover approximately 900,000 square feet on the rooftops of seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in the Portland area with thin-film solar panels. The solar modules were provided by Advanced Green Technologies.
“We’re actively looking for ways to increase our solar energy resources in the Portland area, and the fact that we can build systems with a home-grown Oregon inverter technology is an extra benefit,” said Mark Osborn, distributed resources manager at PGE. “But it is also critical that the system components perform and that they are designed to reduce maintenance costs, since we need to support our customers economically over the long haul. In that regard, PV Powered has proven to be a valuable technology partner.”
PV Powered says it’s commercial solar inverters, including the PVP 100-kilowatt (kW) and PVP 260-kW being installed in the ProLogis project, are designed with fewer components than other commercial inverters, and use the best quality components available.
The energy generated by this project will help PGE meet its commitment to providing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Already heavily involved in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program, where PGE is on a team of industry leaders led by PV Powered, the utility sees the ProLogis installation as contributing experience toward its SEGIS program goal of developing innovative methods for managing and controlling distributed energy resources including solar.