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Portland General Electric (PGE) opened an energy storage system and customized solutions as part of its $23 million Salem Smart Power Center.

The 5 MW energy storage facility will allow PGE to demonstrate how the integration of renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, and demand response technology can increase the reliability and efficiency of energy for business and residential customers.

According to PGE, Moon Township, Pa.-based electrical services provider Eaton was responsible for engineering, integrating and testing the Salem Smart Power Center. Eaton modified its custom-made inverters into the site’s energy storage system. The inverters are designed to maximize energy harvest from renewable resources and transform energy into reliable alternating current.

The project received U.S. Department of Energy matching funds as part of the largest regional smart grid demonstration project in the U.S., the utility notes.

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