Requirements & Eligibility

Eligible renewable energy technologies

  • Wind
  • Solar PV
  • Geothermal
  • Low-impact hydro, certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI). Please visit their website for information on pursuing LIHI certification for a hydro project.
  • 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. 

Project requirements

  • Project must be new or a new addition to existing project using new equipment.
  • Grid-connected following interconnection guidelines as established by Pacific Power (for small generation projects, typically smaller than 25 kilowatts, a net meter is required) Learn more »
  • Site served by Pacific Power (located in Pacific Power's service area)
  • Locally-owned
  • Non-residential
  • Capacity less than 10 MW
  • Completed within one year of notice of award.  If project is associated with the construction of a new building or structure, a one-year extension may be considered on a project-by-project basis.
  • Equipped with electronic monitoring system to collect inverter energy production data for a period of at least five years. The monitoring system must consist of a production history electronic database and a public web link to be added to Pacific Power’s website for educational purposes.
  • Applicants are expected to enroll as a Blue Sky business partner as of the date the funding award agreement is signed. Installations that provide direct financial benefit to a for-profit business may be considered, but only if the organization is a Blue Sky participant at the Visionary level. Learn more »

Funding is not available for:

  • Off-grid projects
  • Heat generation systems - geothermal, passive solar, solar thermal or biomass
  • Residential installations
  • Projects that have received funding through other Pacific Power’s programs such as the Oregon Solar Incentive Program and the California Solar Incentive Program. Pending OPUC decision: Projects that receive funding from the Energy Trust of Oregon may not eligible for Blue Sky funds.
  • Activities not directly related to the capital costs of new renewable energy systems, such as:
    • Structural improvements or other site preparation that would be considered general facilities maintenance (e.g.re-roofing, upgrading an overloaded electrical panel, tree removal or trimming, construction of a carport or other facility that will host the renewable energy equipment). Site preparation activities that are only required for the renewable energy project and are otherwise not required for general facility maintenance (e.g., ballast rock removal, roof reinforcement, trenching a new wire run exclusively for the solar array), may be considered an eligible expense on an individual basis.
    • Administrative or project management cost
    • Construction bond costs, interest and warranty charges
    • Ongoing system or facility maintenance or repair costs
    • Donated, in-kind or volunteer labor or materials
    • Engineering/design costs incurred to date (e.g., site evaluations, estimates/bids)
    • Interconnection studies
    • Advertising and marketing, other than approved on-site educational signage
Note:  Reasonable design costs proposed for the purpose of optimizing the facility’s energy production and finalizing system design may be considered; however, Blue Sky funding may not be used to recoup the costs for preliminary designs incurred prior to application submission.
 

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