On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forward the Ocean Avenue proposal to the full Council.
Under the current plan, the proposed Ocean Avenue project would require an initial city investment of approximately $25,000 per year with a payback in energy savings occurring in year ten. It is estimated to save the City more than $3.3 million over the life of the project generate 660 kW of renewable energy. This is enough energy to power City Hall and Merrill Auditorium each year.
“This proposal is a meaningful step in Portland's commitment to a clean energy future,” stated At-Large Councilor Jon Hinck, Chair of the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee. “I’m pleased to move this package forward and ensure my colleagues on the Council, as well as the public, have the information they need to support this proposal.”
Mayor Ethan Strimling also added his support for the solar project. “I want to thank City staff for carefully crafting this proposal as well as offer my gratitude to Councilor Hinck for his leadership as he shepherds it through the Council,” stated Strimling. “The Ocean Avenue project will be a very visible demonstration of the City of Portland walking the walk and setting a powerful example when it comes to embracing solar technology. It reflects an investment that, in my firm view, we can and must make.”
Details of the plans and additional information on the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee can be found via the link below.