Oregon lawmakers saw through the state’s notorious cloud cover when they developed their solar energy policies. So it’s no wonder that the annual Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC) is one of the region’s fastest growing events. TerraSmart has signed on as a supporting sponsor of the May 9 through 11 gathering produced by the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association. More than 400 attendees from across the solar value chain will convene, connect and create new opportunities for the bustling Pacific Northwest solar market. And TerraSmart will be in the thick of it demonstrating how everyone can achieve faster, smarter, better solar.
So why Oregon, you might ask? True – sunny, solar energy might not be the first thing associated with the Beaver State. But this player has moved into the solar team’s starting lineup:
- By the third quarter of 2016, Oregon’s installed capacity ranked ninth in the country – up from 21st place in 2015
- This year, Oregon is jockeying for fourth place in a ranking of states friendliest to rooftop solar based on its renewables policies and incentives
Oregon lawmakers passed a new Renewable Portfolio Standard with a significant solar carve-out. Although the stellar solar tax credit will lapse after 2017, solar investors will still benefit from performance payments and a rebate program. These efforts earn Oregon an A grade from Solar Power Rocks, a national research and advocacy group.
Here are more quick facts about Oregon’s solar market:
- Over the next five years, Oregon is expected to install 1,499 MW of solar electric capacity. That’s 17 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years
- In 2015, $71 million was invested in solar installations there — a 157 percent increase over the previous year. Similar growth is expected to continue
- More than 130 solar companies participate in Oregon’s value chain, employing over 3,000 people
Having earned such high marks for its rooftop policy, it’s no wonder Oregon is supporting large-scale solar plants with companies like TerraSmart on the starting team. TerraSmart recently completed construction of one of the state’s largest solar projects, the 12-megawatt Neff Project. At the site near Bend Oregon, TerraSmart tightly secured a series of single-axis trackers with its industry-defining tracker interface foundation atop its rugged ground screws to pierce through the three different types of volcanic rock to bring the installation online fast.
Since rocky soil and hilly terrain add complexity, time and costs to tracking applications, the use of TerraSmart’s Foundation Tracker Interface was an efficient alternative to traditional driven piles to streamline construction while keeping budgets in check and schedules on track.
But that’s not all TerraSmart has to offer visitors to its booth at OSEC. TerraSmart doesn’t just use turnkey construction to make tough sites easy. It also drives innovation with a host of new services that take advantage of the latest autonomous technologies to save time on site. Its Autonomous Precision Survey Rover (APSR) — the first of its kind in the U.S. solar industry – uses NASA space rover technology to more than triple survey speed and accuracy. And its new fleet of aerial site-mapping drones streamlines site topography with unprecedented speed and accuracy to create detailed site maps for a 5-megawatt project in only 48 hours.
Visit our booth at OSEC and learn first-hand how TerraSmart expedites PV construction so that systems come online faster to generate revenue more quickly.