December 18th, 2009 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Multnomah County

Forget Copenhagen: Multnomah County Completes Second Solar Installation

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A bit of sunny news from Multnomah County as prospects appear increasingly grim in Copenhagen for the world climate summit: The county this week completed the second of its three planned solar installations atop a public building.

The Juvenile Justice Complex at 1401 NE 68th Ave. is now home to a 250-kilowatt solar project. As previously reported in WW, County Commissioner Jeff Cogen spearheaded the project. And it temporarily puts the county ahead of the City of Portland in establishing solar-energy initiatives.

Built by SunEdison LLC of Maryland, with additional funding from the Energy Trust of Oregon, the project cost the county nothing. Indeed, the energy produced will be sold back to the county at below-market rates for the next 20 years.

The county already hosts a similar solar project built by SunEdison on top of the John B. Yeon building at 1620 SE 190th Ave. Next up for the solar treatment is the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
 
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