A Portland City Council committee has endorsed plans to build a solar power array on top of a former landfill on Ocean Avenue.
The Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee voted 3-0 in favor of the plans during a meeting Wednesday. The proposal will next go to the full City Council for consideration. No discussion has yet been scheduled.
The proposed Ocean Avenue project would require an initial city investment of about $25,000 per year. City officials expect the investment to be paid back in 10 years through energy savings. The city estimates the solar panels could generate 660 kW of renewable energy, enough to power City Hall and Merrill Auditorium.
“This proposal is a meaningful step in Portland’s commitment to a clean energy future,” Councilor Jon Hinck, chair of the council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, said in a news release.
Mayor Ethan Strimling also expressed support for the solar project. “The Ocean Avenue project will be a very visible demonstration of the city of Portland walking the walk and setting a powerful example when it comes to embracing solar technology,” Strimling said in the release.