Don’t be fooled by the cloudy skies and seemingly endless rainy days.
Even in Portland, homeowners can generate a significant amount of solar power, according to a new report from Environment Oregon.
The report projects solar power could supply 10 percent of Oregon’s electricity by 2025 – up from far less than 1 percent today – through a combination of rooftop solar panels, solar water heating systems and utility-scale solar power plants.
Using all of the rooftop space with adequate sun exposure statewide could, in theory, produce 10 gigawatts of power by 2025, the report found. It projects that it would be feasible to develop around 30 percent of that potential in the next 13 years.
The result would be 3 gigawatts of potential solar energy, or roughly 6 percent of Oregon’s projected electricity needs in 2025.
“That is enough electricity to power 250,000 typical Oregon homes – or all the homes in the city of Portland,” the report concludes.