Pacific Power Offers Grants to Community Renewable Energy Projects in Northwestern United States
Pacific Power has cash for community renewable energy projects
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon
Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program is looking for community renewable energy projects that are in need of a little funding help.
Project applications are due June 15. The program is open to renewable energy projects including wind, solar biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower, and geothermal.
No set amount of funding is available through the program, which gets its money from participating customers who kick in a little extra on their utility bill. Since 2006, more than 45 projects in Oregon, Washington and California have received funding from Blue Sky. Last year, the awards ranged from $8,000 to $170,800.
Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program provides funding for community renewable energy projects.
To be eligible for funding assistance, projects must be locally owned, be within Pacific Power’s service area and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts. They must be up and running by the end of 2013. Blue Sky is designed to back projects with educational and community benefits — not off-the-grid residential systems.