Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute for Research and Education (SFI) has a mission to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion through education, scientific research and public engagement. SFI offers both adult and youth programs at its 850-acre Deer Creek Center in Selma, Oregon, serving over 2,000 people annually.

In order to reduce operating costs and to have a facility that is aligned with their conservation ethics, SFI installed 84 Oregon-made solar panels. The “ground-mounted” array will be located adjacent to the parking lot to maximize educational value through visibility and to complement a planned electric vehicle charging station. The system is capable of generating 25.2 kW of electricity and is grid-tied.

The goals of the project are twofold; to generate electrical power to offset SFI’s electrical power consumption, and to provide an educational opportunity to SFI to demonstrate the potential and the mechanical and electronic realities of solar power generation to the southern Oregon community and to the people who attend SFI courses and programs. The completed system is also available to Pacific Power to demonstrate the positive results of the Blue Sky program.

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; it is capable of generating 25.2 kW of electricity and is grid-tied.

    The goals of the project are twofold; to generate electrical power to offset SFI’s electrical power consumption, and to provide an educational opportunity to SFI to demonstrate the potential and the mechanical and electronic realities of solar power generation to the southern Oregon community and to the people who attend SFI courses and programs. The completed system is also available to Pacific Power to demonstrate the positive results of the Blue Sky program.