Siskiyou Family YMCA ‘Phase 4’ Capital Project receives $109,950 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky

February 22, 2018

YREKA, CA – The YMCA’s current facility remodel and expansion project is getting a little easier thanks to funding from the Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

“We believe that the solar installation made possible by the Blue Sky program will allow our Y to move forward in our program and membership offerings to the community while remaining financial stable. The substantial reduction in utility overhead expense will allow our Y to reallocate that money to other areas like our financial assistance program, increased program offerings & improved membership experience. The Y has made a promise to the community of never turning someone away for inability to pay. We’ve kept that promise for 24 years, but the addition of the onsite solar array will help us keep that promise moving forward,” said Scott Eastman, the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Family YMCA.

The 300 panel, 90 kilowatt installation, which will produce enough energy to power the Y year round, is an essential element of making the Y sustainable both now and in the future. The solar project is planned to be in operation by June of 2018.

“Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities,” said Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for Siskiyou County. “Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers.”

The Yreka project is part of up to $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.