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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards

Judges' Award for Special Recognition: The Oregon Solar Highway Initiative

Agencies Awarded

Governor of Oregon

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Portland General Electric

The Oregon Solar Highway Initiative is a partnership with the private sector that utilizes State and Federal tax credits, depreciation, and utility incentives to finance renewable energy projects located in the highway operating right of way. The first project under the Initiative is a 594-panel, 104-kilowatt, groundmounted solar array located inside the interchange of InterState 5 (a Federally designated Corridor of the Future) and Interstate 205 in Tualatin, Oregon. ODOT seeks to demonstrate that solar arrays will complement and not compromise the transportation system, and that they can thus be deployed on highways throughout the nation. The Oregon Solar Highway Initiative reflects the innovation and spirit of partnership that are necessary to develop entrepreneurial and sustainable ways of addressing the nation's transportation and energy needs.

Project Contributors:

Governor of Oregon
Theodore R. Kulongoski
Allison Hamilton
Portland General Electric
Mark Osborn
Kelly Cox

Photo of a 594-panel, 104-kilowatt, ground-mounted solar array located inside the interchange of InterState 5 and InterState 205 in Tualatin, Oregon. Second photo shows roadside sign announcing the project.

Updated: 10/25/2012
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