Pacific Power Blue Sky Solar Grants

For over 15 years, Pacific Power has funded over 100 new community-based renewable energy projects in Oregon. Blue Sky funding awards cover up to 100 percent of the capital costs to install qualified, new renewable energy systems for Pacific Power's non-residential sites. The projects that provide strong environmental, economic, and educational benefits are more likely to be awarded a Blue Sky Grant.


Funding Process

Funding is limited and varies year-by-year. Projects go through a competitive evaluation process, are selected annually, and have strict deadlines (see below). Selection of awarded projects is influenced by a number of factors, including the number and type of applications received. For example, a nonprofit or multi-family housing organization have historically seen higher chances of being awarded Blue Sky solar grants.


Evaluation and Selection Criteria for Blue Sky Solar Grants

Before you begin, filling out the application may sound daunting. That is why Sunbridge Solar in houses all grant writing, incentive, utility, and permit paperwork. Every project is graded on feasibility/readiness, costs, financing, additionality and community benefits as well as Blue Sky public exposure. Below is a list of questions and preferred project characteristics to assist you to make a decision.

Preferred Project Characteristics

Projects will have additional weighting if they include;

  • Solar tied to electric vehicle charging and/or microgrid

  • Targets underserved populations (low income or rural)

  • Provide robust public engagement and education plans

  • Use local materials and labor

  • Have a solar contractor that is financially/time invested the project

Evaluation criteria summary of Project Feasibility

  • Technology – How appropriate is the proposed renewable energy technology/design for the site?

  • Readiness – How far along is the renewable energy project in the development process? How feasible is the project plan and installation timeline?

  • Capability – How adept and motivated is the project team?

  • Cost – How complete and competitive is the budget? Is the Blue Sky funding request reasonable?

  • Financing – How feasible is the financing model? What is the level of confidence that the project will be fully financed in the required timeframe?

  • Additionality – Are Blue Sky funds required for the project to be successful?

  • Community impact – How much will the renewable energy project benefit the community, local economy, and renewable energy industry?

  • Education – How physically visible is the project? How robust is the education plan?

  • Recognition – How robust is the plan to recognize Blue Sky customers for their contribution?


Let Sunbridge Solar Help

At Sunbridge Solar, we have worked and won multiple competitive grants for various organizations. People love using Sunbridge because we in-house all grant writing, permits, utility paperwork, and installation and post-install support. Get started today by calling us at (360) 313-7190 or sign up for us to call you.