by Michael C. Lowe | July 07, 2015
This summer, the Oregon Convention Center in Portland will install what is anticipated to be the largest array of solar panels atop a convention center in the United States. The project, which will begin construction in August, will install more than 6,500 rooftop solar panels that will produce 25 percent of the facility's electricity once the system goes online this fall. In its first 20 years of operation, the system is expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 184 Portland homes each year.

"One of our core values is sustainability," said convention center executive director Scottt Cruickshank. "The rooftop solar installation will help us meet our carbon emission reduction goals, offset utility costs, and provide an important learning opportunity for our convention center visitors and guests."

The installation will be constructed and operated by SolarCity; partial funding for the project comes from a $500,000 grant from customers of Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program. In addition, Energy Trust of Oregon will provide a $200,000 incentive for installation when complete.