In 2008, ODOT completed the nation’s first solar photovoltaic project in the highway right-of-way. The first demonstration project is located at the interchange of I-5 and I-205. The 594 solar panels produce nearly 112,000 kilowatt hours annually and use the utility grid as a battery, supplying energy during the day to light the interchange at night.
For more information on ODOT's Solar Highway Project
The second Solar Highway Project is nearing completion at the Baldock Safety Rest Area. This 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres of ODOT property on the east side of the northbound rest area. The project will produce approximately 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable, homegrown energy annually. The project is due to be completed in early 2012.
For more information on the Baldock Solar Highway Project
For information on tax credits
for installing charging equipment.