Provided by Pacific Power
PORTLAND, Ore. – Got a bright idea for making Oregon, Washington or California greener? Could you use a little green to help make your renewable energy project a reality? Beginning May 2, 2011, Pacific Power is accepting applications for community-based renewable energy project funding from its Blue Sky renewable energy program.
For 11 years now, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers have made a difference by personally supporting renewable energy in the western United States. Since 2006, by participating in the voluntary green pricing program, these customers have also helped fund 39 new community-based renewable energy projects in Oregon, Washington and California. Many of these projects are now completed, generating electricity and providing educational opportunities about the advancement of renewable energy and we’re looking for more.
“We’re honored to be able to offer these funding awards to help support new community-based renewable energy projects in our service area,” said Pat Egan, vice president of customer and community affairs for Pacific Power. “We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community benefit for our customers.”
To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2011. Applications will be accepted beginning May 2.
Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.
This funding is available for projects in Pacific Power’s service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2012 and should focus on encouraging renewable energy market transformation. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.
Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects, or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed criteria on project qualifications and application forms, please go to: www.pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.
Entries should be thorough, and should be submitted with supporting materials such as photographs, schematics, drawings, cut sheets, narratives, construction bids and financial information; or anything else the applicant considers useful in the project evaluation.
Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to:
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
1900 SW 4th Ave. – Plaza
Portland, OR 97201
The amount available for funding awards is limited and varies year to year. In 2010, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program awarded funds ranging from $20,000 to $63,000 for renewable energy projects in its service area. This funding is made possible thanks to participating Blue Sky customers.