Benton County launching renewable energy project with support from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Program participants

Monday, August 23, 2021

Blue Sky community project funding makes solar panels possible at the local Law Enforcement Building.

Benton County will soon generate more of its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program participants. The money will support the installation of rooftop solar panels on County facilities.

The award of $162,276 will cover 65% of the installation cost of the 96.5kW photovoltaic system.

Benton County joins more than 130 organizations across Pacific Power’s service area that, since 2006, have received awards for community-based renewable projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. This project is one of a dozen selected last year through a competitive-evaluation process.

“We are so excited that we were selected for this award and grateful to Pacific Power’s Blue Sky participants who made it possible,” said Paul Wallsinger, Benton County Facilities Manager. “This solar project will showcase Benton County’s commitment to expand its use of renewable energies as the County strives towards carbon neutrality. This project will reduce our reliance on the power grid, save money for the citizens of Benton County and help protect our planet for generations to come.”

Blue Sky is an opt-in program that gives Pacific Power customers an option to match all or part of their energy use with renewable energy -- reducing their carbon footprints and driving demand for new renewable energy in the West. Through the Blue Sky Block option, participants also support qualifying, renewable energy projects for community-serving organizations such as schools, community centers and arts organizations.

The Blue Sky program offers Pacific Power customers a simple and powerful way to reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energy. Purchases of Blue Sky energy help fund additional smaller energy projects for organizations in our communities.

Construction on Benton County’s project will begin in summer 2021, and it is expected to begin generating power by the end of the year. 

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