On March 27th, 2017 Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct station “flipped the switch” to officially begin renewable energy production at the recently completed rooftop solar array. The system, consisting of 195 individual solar panels, is expected to produce about 70,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. That translates into an estimated 6 percent reduction of purchased power, saving the police precinct approximately $6,650 per year on electricity costs.
The North Precinct site, located at 449 N.E Emerson was chosen because of its prominence in the neighborhood and its suitability as a solar system host. The building has excellent access to the sun, a brand new roof and approval from Police Bureau leadership and the facility managers. The project received strong support from local businesses, schools and the neighboring community.
One hundred percent of the renewable electricity produced will be used by the North Police Precinct. Savings from the onsite energy production will flow through the operating budget of the Portland Police Bureau, the City’s General Fund and ultimately shared with taxpayers. This project was made possible with $175,151 in funding support from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program customers. Energy Trust of Oregon also provided an incentive of $50,168.