Blue Sky program customers help fund the installation of renewable energy projects in communities across California, Oregon and Washington.
Blue Sky funding awards can help to cover the capital costs to install qualifying, new renewable energy systems for non-residential sites in Pacific Power's service area.
These projects provide environmental, economic and educational benefits to communities.
Projects are selected annually through a competitive evaluation process. Funding is limited.
Due to current market conditions and the recent increase in block size, no funding will be available for projects in 2021. Please check back in 2022 for funding updates.
Schedules and the availability of funds are subject to change. Please note: Submitting an application by the published deadline and meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding.
|July 2022||Pacific Power begins accepting applications.|
|August 2022||Applications need to be received by 5 p.m. PDT.|
|February 2023||Applicants will be notified of award decision.|
|December 2023||Project installations must be completed.*|
*Extensions may be considered for projects associated with the construction of a new building or structure. Projects will be required to complete by December 31, 2024.
Low-impact hydro, certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
Pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower
Wave energy or tidal action
Low-emissions biomass based on digester methane gas from landfills, sewage treatment plants or animal waste and biomass energy based on solid organic fuels from wood, forest or field residues or dedicated crops that do not include wood pieces that have been treated with chemical preservatives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or copper chrome arsenic.
Heat generation systems – geothermal, passive solar, solar thermal or biomass
Projects that have received funding through other Pacific Power’s programs such as the Oregon Solar Incentive Program and the California Solar Incentive Program.
Activities not directly related to the capital costs of new renewable energy systems, such as:
If your project is selected for funding, you will be subject to certain requirements to maintain your project’s eligibility. The following describes the current award requirements, which are subject to change without notice:
Funds will be distributed once the award recipient demonstrates adherence to the requirements and eligibility and provides the following:
Funding recipients are expected to notify Pacific Power of all media, outreach and education pieces in advance and submit all collateral for review by the Blue Sky team. All correspondence regarding the project quarterly reports, project change forms, Blue Sky partnership enrollment forms and communication must be submitted via email to Pacific Power at email@example.com
Projects provide an educational opportunity for communities – raising awareness and understanding regarding renewable energy technologies and the Blue Sky program. As a result, we expect project sponsors to commit to the following:
Renewable energy certificates
To the extent the project is able to generate renewable energy certificates (RECs), award recipients agree to grant Pacific Power's Blue Sky program the right to its proportionate share of the project’s renewable energy certificates – an added benefit for Pacific Power Blue Sky customers for the life of the project. The share amount is expressed as a percentage of output when comparing Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program financial contribution to the overall cost of the renewable energy project. Project owners may not make claims involving the environmental attributes of the RECs retained by Pacific Power's Blue Sky program. Pacific Power will also be given the opportunity to purchase additional renewable energy credits from the project, up to 100 percent of the project’s output.
Applications are evaluated by a diverse team of Pacific Power experts and a third party renewable energy consultant. Evaluation is based on the application materials and an interview with the project team and project contractor/engineer.
After screening for requirements and eligibility, applications are graded on renewable energy project feasibility/readiness, costs, financing, additionality and community benefits and Blue Sky exposure. The evaluation methodology considers the following criteria, among others:
High-level summary of metrics
Project Feasibility/ Readiness
Technology – How appropriate is the proposed renewable energy technology/design for the site?
Readiness – How far along is the renewable energy project in the development process? How feasible is the project plan and installation timeline?
Capability – How adept and motivated is the project team?
Costs, Financing and Additionality
Cost – How complete and competitive is the budget? Is the Blue Sky funding request reasonable?
Financing – How feasible is the financing model? What is the level of confidence that the project will be fully financed in the required timeframe?
Additionality – Are Blue Sky funds required for the project to be successful?
Community Benefits and Blue Sky Exposure
Community impact – How much will the renewable energy project benefit the community, local economy and renewable energy industry?
Education – How physically visible is the project? How robust is the education plan?
Recognition – How robust is the plan to recognize Blue Sky customers for their contribution?
Preferred project characteristics
In addition, additional weighting is provided for projects that: