The Triple Threat Of Oregon’s First Utility-Scale Renewable Energy

A powerful combination of three different technologies all working together to supply renewable energy to the grid.

Only a week ago, the first utility-scale energy complex in the United States to combine solar, wind, and battery storage began generating power in the northern Oregon region. The triple-powered project can supply over 100,000 homes with renewable energy thanks to its 300 megawatts of wind power, 50 megawatts of solar power, and 30 megawatts of battery storage.

Due to the fact that wind tends to be stronger at night and the sunniest hours are during the day, solar and wind energy naturally complement one another and operate together in a synergistic manner. The battery storage, which offers a little bit of an additional cushion to compensate for the intermittent nature of solar and wind energy, is still an essential component of this system. Even if the sun and the wind are not present, it is possible to harvest energy at any time if there is sufficient storage.

The Triple Threat Of Oregon's First Utility-Scale
The Triple Threat Of Oregon’s First Utility-Scale

Before the Inflation Reduction Act was passed, renewable energy projects that incorporated storage were largely just stuck with solar. This was due to the fact that “energy storage was only incentivized under the tax code when it was associated directly and solely with a solar project,” Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, told Utility Dive.

Before the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, “energy storage was only incentivized under the tax code when it was associated directly However, with the passage of the huge climate bill, the way has been cleared for battery projects to coexist with wind and other forms of renewable energy as well.

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