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Co-op's solar project wins Pacific Power Blue Sky grant

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Astoria Co-op Grocery is among the 13 solar projects across Oregon, Washington and California to receive funding from Pacific Power customers who participate in the Blue Sky Block renewable energy program.

Blue Sky grants will fund up to $1.2 million in renewable energy projects in 2019, bringing more than 1,055 kilowatts of new solar-powered energy online.

Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky Block option program participants have helped fund the installation of 113 community-based projects.

Blue Sky is a voluntary program that empowers Pacific Power customers to match all or part of their energy use with renewable energy, reducing their carbon footprints and driving demand for new renewable energy in the West.

Through the Blue Sky Block option, participants also support qualifying renewable energy projects for community-serving organizations such as schools, community centers and arts organizations.

The grocery’s award will cover much of the cost to install its roof-top solar energy system.

The project was chosen through a competitive evaluation process.

Other projects receiving funding include a solar array at Phoenix High School, a roof- and ground-mounted solar installation at the Dorris Lions Club in Dorris, Calif., and a solar project for the Yakima Housing Authority in Wash.

“The Blue Sky program offers Pacific Power customers a simple and powerful way to live their values, reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energy,” said Kling. “Unlike most green power programs, Blue Sky goes beyond the purchase of renewable energy credits to help fund additional smaller energy projects for organizations in our communities. Through projects such as these, Blue Sky Block participants are powering a better future for local communities.”

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