PGE Makes Solar Power Available to Customers for $5/mo

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Portland General Electric customers can now purchase output from a new, large-scale solar installation in Oregon under a renewable power option PGE announced today.

For just $5 a month, customers can purchase a 1 kilowatt block of Green Future Solar from energy produced by a 2,935 kW solar installation just completed in Willamina, Ore. Blocks will be available until the capacity sells out.

“Green Future Solar helps customers who’ve wanted to go solar, but couldn’t because they rent their homes, installation costs are too high, or they just don’t have a good spot available to install solar panels.”

“This renewable power option is the newest way PGE is helping our customers who want to support solar power,” said Carol Dillin, PGE Vice President of Customer Strategies and Business Development. “Green Future Solar helps customers who’ve wanted to go solar, but couldn’t because they rent their homes, installation costs are too high, or they just don’t have a good spot available to install solar panels.”

The new project is the largest solar facility in the PGE service area, one of the five largest solar installations in Oregon, and the first utility-scale solar project in Polk County. It contains 9,468 solar panels and covers approximately 10 acres. Revenue from the program will support the development of new renewable energy facilities in Oregon.

Each block of Green Future Solar equals 1 kilowatt of solar power, about the same as 4 typical panels on an Oregon-based array, or about 14 percent of the average residential renewable energy customer’s monthly energy use. At the end of the year, each customer will receive a report showing how much solar-generated electricity they contributed to the regional grid and the environmental benefits resulting from their participation. Starting in December, they’ll also be able to track the project’s solar output on a monthly basis.

PGE is ranked the top renewable program in the nation for number of customers enrolled and renewable energy sold by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. More than 120,000 PGE customers are enrolled in one or more renewable power options, and PGE supplies them with over 1 million megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Green Future Solar joins the variety of renewable power choices available to PGE customers, including Clean Wind and Green Source.

To enroll or learn more about Green Future Solar and other PGE renewable energy options, customers can visit PortlandGeneral.com/Renewable or call PGE customer service at 1-800-542-8818.

Read the rest of the story at 1059thebrew.com

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