Award Recipient Requirements

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:

Project reports

  1. Submit a quarterly progress report on the 15th day of the month following the close of the calendar quarter and continue to do so until the project is completed and on-line. Failure to submit reports may delay the processing of future reimbursement or for the award offer to be rescinded.
  2. Submit a final report, and supporting documentation, upon completion of the project, summarizing the project specifications, completion date, anticipated electricity production, educational components and community benefit, etc. as well as documentation that verifies completion (definition below) and detailed renewable energy project costs.
  3. Notify Pacific Power as soon as possible in writing of any change in project scope. Re-sizing or changing the scope of a project requires submittal of project change request form. You must receive approval from Pacific Power prior to altering the scope of the project. The original level of funding awarded will be reevaluated at that time against the new project scope.    
  4. Keep the Blue Sky funding award administrator and local utility contact apprised of project updates and opportunities to participate in celebrations and news/press announcements as your project develops and upon project completion. 
  5. Funding will be distributed once the project is complete and verified through the following steps:
    • Final report is submitted to Blue Sky team - blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net
    • City/county electrical inspection is performed
    • Utility has approved interconnection agreement application
    • Utility has approved installation for operation (utility installed net meter is operational and system is grid tied; for projects that are not to be net metered, the final report must include a copy of the power purchase agreement signed by the project sponsor and an authorized Pacific Power representative)
    • Itemized financial report showing allocation of Blue Sky funding including the percent of the total project cost covered by Blue Sky funds and back-up documentation submitted (i.e. invoices and copies of checks for total project costs including material and labor costs)
    • Details of ongoing education plan with any supporting documentation such as flyers, boards, blogs etc.
    • Non-secure web link to the inverter monitoring system displaying production data of the renewable energy installation
    • Photos of: renewable energy installation, project kiosk/dashboard and project area
  6. Enroll in Pacific Power's Blue Sky program as a business partner; for-profit businesses must enroll at the Visionary level. New partnership enrollments must be submitted prior to and along with the submission of the signed agreement detailing the conditions and requirements of accepting Blue Sky funds.

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 blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net.

Project monitoring

Provide Pacific Power with public access to inverter data and to the inverter monitoring website. Pacific Power may place a link to the monitoring site on its website. Information collected may be used for educational purposes, performance analysis or any other reason Pacific Power deems necessary. 

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 financial contribution to the overall cost of the renewable energy project.  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. Please verify your ability to meet this requirement with your other funding sources.

Note: Energy Trust of Oregon and Blue Sky co-funded projects – the terms for REC ownership are currently under discussion and subject to change.

Pacific Power customer communications

  1. Allow Pacific Power and its customers and guests at least two tours each year, subject to 30 days advance notice by Pacific Power.
  2. Allow Pacific Power to include information regarding your project in customer communication material used by Pacific Power. This includes Pacific Power’s right to use photographs of the facility in brochures and internet pages for purposes of supporting the Blue Sky renewable energy program. Additionally, this includes the right to have a celebration when the project begins producing electricity.

Financing

Documentation of secured funding sources must be provided with project application.  Documentation of any funding sources not secured at the time of application submission must be provided to Pacific Power prior to project completion and before Blue Sky award is issued.

 

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