MEDFORD, OR – March 21, 2014 – The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport is inviting the general public to celebrate with them the completion of the second phase of the Airport’s advances towards incorporating solar energy to minimize its carbon footprint. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., the Airport will be unveiling an emblematic design to recognize Pacific Power customers for their Blue Sky funding award in the amount of $170,684, which financed a portion of the project.
“Rather than install just another sign, we decided to do something a little more iconic,” stated Airport Director Bern Case. The Airport will be unveiling a tall, aesthetic instrument in keeping with devices that have relied on the sun’s rays for centuries. A number of County officials will be in attendance, as well as the architect, contractor for the project and representatives from Pacific Power.
This is the second solar project that the Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport has completed with the help of Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers.
For 13 years now, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers have made their marks on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. Since 2006, these customers also have helped put more than 70 new small scale community-based renewable energy projects on the ground in Oregon, Washington, and California. These projects have won more than $6 million in funding and have added more than 4.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.
Pacific Power and Blue Sky sponsored a successful challenge in 2013 in Medford that increased participation in the city by 30 percent. For more information on Blue Sky, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.
For further information on the airport project, please contact Bern Case, Airport Director, or Kim Stearns, Public Information Officer at (541) 776-7222.
About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington, and California, for more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington, and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net