Hybrid project from Oregon springs into operation
Portland General Electric (PGE) has started commercial power generation at the Wheatridge hybrid facility in Eastern Oregon, with the 300MW wind portion coming online.
50MW solar and 30MW battery storage will both be required for the plant, all of which will be operational by the end of next year.
Wheatridge is a joint project between PGE and NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary.
The wind facility located just northeast of Lexington in Morrow County, Oregon, generates power using 120 turbines produced by GE Renewable Energy.
A mixture of 2.3MW and 2.5MW machines is used by Wheatridge.
The final selection of the unique equipment to be used is still pending at the related solar farm and battery storage facility.
Swaggart Wind Power, an associate of MAP Resources, conducted the project's early development work as a wind farm.
The development rights were acquired by NextEra Energy Resources and the project scope was extended jointly with PGE to include solar generation and battery storage.
During the construction of the wind farm, up to 300 jobs were generated at Wheatridge.
To build the solar and storage sites, a maximum of 175 employees will be hired.
Once all three elements are completely commissioned for operation, approximately 10 full-time staff can run the combined facilities.
This new facility marks a landmark in the acceleration of Oregon to a future of renewable energy and will play an important role in achieving PGE's newly defined company-wide goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
In the United States, Wheatridge will be one of the first large-scale energy projects to combine wind, solar and battery storage capacity at a single site.
The 300MW wind farm is now complete and will provide PGE customers with electricity.
By the end of 2021, the 50MW solar and 30MW battery facilities will be completed.
With the addition of the wind farm of Wheatridge, the wind generation portfolio of PGE now totals more than 1 GW of nameplate capacity, available from five Northwest wind farms owned or contracted, usually generating sufficient power to serve the equivalent of 340,000 homes.
The solar and battery storage facilities will be among the largest in Oregon when they are completed.