Blue Sky Block program participants have helped fund the installation of 137 community-based projects at schools, food banks, houses of worship, municipal buildings and nonprofit organizations.
Some recent Blue Sky grant recipients are highlighted below. Savings from these renewable energy installations allow organizations to continue their important work serving their communities.
These projects are in addition to the renewable energy supported in the region through monthly block purchases.
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The Boys and Girls Club of Albany provides a fun, safe, supervised environment for recreational and educational activities where youth can develop self-esteem and the qualities needed to become caring, responsible citizens. The organization recently constructed a classroom and indoor gym facility that provides after school programs for over 130 teens, supports the local youth sports recreation leagues, and is used for community events.
The Boys and Girls Club is installing 475 solar panels (171 kilowatts) to reduce operating expenses and continue to offer greater access to its community programs.
City of Bend Water Filtration Facility Solar. The project includes a 123.1 KW fixed-tilt ground-mounted solar PV array that is anticipated to generate approximately 190,000 kWh per year and offset the electricity usage of the City of Bend Outback WFF. The City of Bend is committed to making progress toward Climate Action Goals established by the City Council. These goals are to reduce CO2 emissions from the city facilities to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030. To help achieve this goal, the City plans to reduce fossil fuel use for city facilities and operations by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050.
Dogs for Better Lives is dedicated to improving the lives of people and dogs. They recently completed a 97.9 KW solar installation. The savings associated with this project will allow DBL to direct more funds toward programmatic expenses, providing the life-changing help of Assistance Dogs at absolutely no cost to the clients. In addition to providing cost savings (allowing more revenue to go towards direct services) and meeting the organization’s values of being environmentally responsible, this project will also serve to show supporters that DBL is invested in the future and long-term vision of the organization and of the community.
In 2015, the City of Astoria completed the installation of the first small hydroelectric power project on the Oregon Coast. The 30 kW in-conduit turbine is located at the headworks of the main City of Astoria waterline and generates electricity from the flow of water through the city water system. This form of hydroelectric power not only creates renewable energy, it does so without harming fish or fish habitat.
The project will satisfy all of the energy requirements of the water treatment system and produce additional revenue through a power purchase agreement with Pacific Power.
A cornerstone of the community, the Hood River County Health Department aims to protect the health of all county residents. Savings from the department's 24.5 kilowatt solar array will help the nonprofit better serve the community.
Lake County Library provides inviting community spaces to nurture young readers, explore stories and information, and connect with others.
The new 23.4-kilowatt solar installation will supply about 30% of the energy needs of the library. This renewable energy project will reduce the library's energy costs, helping fund more programs and providing an opportunity to engage Lake County citizens through solar education.
Saving Grace’s mission is to champion, promote and protect the human-animal bond through responsible pet ownership. Their primary function is to shelter and care for lost and homeless pets, both stray and owner-surrendered.
The 43.2 kilowatt solar array reduces costs so the center can focus on uniting pets with loving families and maintaining the high standard of care for animals.
St. Charles is a Catholic parish located in Northest Portland’s Cully neighborhood. The church serves the community through outreach activities and welcomes new immigrants into its congregation.
Through the St. Vincent DePaul society, St. Charles serves those who are homeless or on limited incomes by offering access to food and clothes, as well as helping with rent and utilities.
The rooftop solar energy installation on the school building supplies renewable energy to cover St. Charles’s electricity needs.
Perry Technical Institute is a nonprofit technical school in Yakima, Washington that provides students of all ages with the skills and work habits they need to succeed. During a campus expansion project, Perry Tech sought to incorporate alternative energy and create new hands-on opportunities for students. In 2015, Perry Tech installed a 15.68-kilowatt solar project atop the new Plath Hall.
Perry Tech used the solar project as a learning opportunity for students in the electrical technology program who installed the solar array with guidance from their instructors. Students and visitors to the campus can view energy production from a display in the lobby of the building.
The 21 kilowatt solar array located atop the Bratton Tennis Center is a part of school's Environmental Studies program coursework.
Delphic School was established in 1916 to provide education to students living between Yreka and Montague. The school continues in that role, providing for local students, kindergarten through eighth grade. The role of the school has been expanded to include an alternative for parents living in neighboring school districts. Since Delphic School is a small rural school, we are able to provide a more personal school experience for students.
Delphic School believes strongly in the move to renewable energy. The money saved on energy is directly invested in the education of students, and allows Delphic to better fulfill its goals.
The 7.3-kilowatt pole-mounted solar project is installed next to the school.
The Siskiyou Family YMCA installed a 90 kilowatt solar array to help offset the energy needs of the facility. The solar array is highly visible element of the property. There is a 1 mile fitness trail that is used daily by the community. The trail goes directly under the elevated solar arrays at several points. The location was selected to optimize the production of the solar panels that will be facing 180 degrees south.
Currently, the Siskiyou Family YMCA fills a huge void in what is an economically disadvantaged area, referred to as “frontier” in extreme Northern California. There are few fitness or recreation opportunities for youth and the YMCA is a focal point for healthy activity. A large part of their community's recreation programs take place at the YMCA.
Those activities include youth and adult sports leagues, camps, arts & enrichment programs, birthday parties and even whitewater rafting! In addition to general recreation programs, the facility is used by the elementary and high schools for team practices, social activities and special events. The YMCA has become a community gathering place with a majority of community-wide events occurring at the facility throughout the year The Siskiyou Family YMCA is an independent nonprofit organization, and is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.