Portland adds solar along rail line

Thursday, December 1, 2011 @ 12:12 PM
posted by rene5432

The Pacific Northwest continues to improve its energy portfolio, with installation beginning on a new solar power system for Portland, Oregon's light rail system.

TriMet, the city's transportation authority, announced that the solar installations could eventually dot stations along the 52-mile long rail system, but the present project will add solar panels at the Portland State University stop.

Work began on the project on Tuesday, November 29, and should be finished by the end of the year. California-based solar installer REC Solar will eventually add 253 solar panels capable of producing around 65,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year, providing nearly $3,700 in annual savings.

The Oregonian notes that some have criticized the cost of the project, which reached to more than $370,000 before incentives, but proponents applauded the further support of green energy from a state that has become a growing hub for that industry.

"Installation of solar panels at the South Terminus furthers TriMet's commitment to including sustainable practices in our projects and systems," TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane, said in a statement. 

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