Portland, Oregon

Portland Fire Station

Portland’s Fire Station 1 implemented an innovative solar-plus-storage microgrid in the City’s push for energy resilience as Oregon prepares not only for a looming, unpredictable mega-earthquake, but also for the region’s immediate wildfire threats and citywide power outages.

Energy Resource Capacity
610 kW
500 kW
1,402 kWh

Like all of Portland’s fire stations, Fire Station 1 is equipped with a diesel generator to power the facility during grid interruptions. But generators rely on fuel, and as soon as the fuel runs out, so does power. To withstand longer outages, there needed to be a more reliable and environmentally-sustainable solution.

A partnership between Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Portland General Electric (PGE), and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) granted Fire Station 1 funds to install a microgrid system – combining solar PV, battery storage, and the Ageto Renewable Controller that enables the station to run solely on renewable energy. This microgrid became a flagship project for clean energy in Portland that the city can use to learn about the needs of critical infrastructure, test the potential for microgrids throughout the city, and educate first responders on effectively and safely handling solar-plus-storage systems.

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Ideal Power 30C3 Inverter (1)
30 kW
Energport L0060 (1)
60 kWh
Silfab PV array (1)
30 kWh
Solectria PVI 14TL Inverter (2)
14 kW
Cummins Diesel Generator (1)
130 kW
AccuEnergy Acuvim II Meter (3)
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