Pacific Power's Blue Sky program is a voluntary program for customers to support renewable energy. A portion of the voluntary payments through the program is used to fund new community-based renewable energy projects within Pacific Power's service territory.
Eligible renewable energy resources include wind, solar PV, geothermal, low-impact hydropower, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower, wave or tidal energy, and low-emissions biomass. Projects must be grid connected, less than 10 MW, locally owned, and non-residential.
Funding awards are made annually. Projects are evaluated based on project feasibility, costs, financing, additionality, community benefit, and recognition of the Blue Sky program. Total funding varies and the funding allocated to individual projects depends on the number of other applications and how well the project meets the program's criteria. Application timelines and materials are available on the program website. Projects that have received funding through other Pacific Power programs, such as the Oregon Solar Incentive Program, are not eligible to receive a Blue Sky grant. Applicants are encouraged to seek cost-share funding or in-kind donations from other sources to strengthen the application.
Applicants must enroll as a Blue Sky Business Partner upon receiving a funding agreement. Award recipients will need to submit quarterly progress reports during project construction and a final report upon project completion.
Renewable energy certificates associated with the project will be awarded to Pacific Power in proportion to the funding provided by the Blue Sky program.