Western projects, Western jobs

When you participate in Blue Sky, you’re supporting projects and jobs in the greater Western region. That means you’re helping to drive demand for renewable energy in your state and boosting the surrounding economy. Blue Sky participants have supported over 10.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy and funded clean energy installations at schools, community centers and arts organizations throughout the region. Explore some of the highlights from recent projects.

Community Projects

Blue Sky participants have supported 144 community-based projects since 2006 across the Pacific Northwest including renewable projects at schools, public buildings and more. View a map of these projects and learn more about their impact.

Delphic Elementary School

Montague, CA

Delphic School was established in 1916 to provide education to students living between Yreka and Montague. The school continues in that role, providing for local students, kindergarten through eighth grade. The role of the school has been expanded to include an alternative for parents living in neighboring school districts. Since Delphic School is a small rural school, we are able to provide a more personal school experience for students.

Delphic School believes strongly in the move to renewable energy. The money saved on energy is directly invested in the education of students, and allows Delphic to better fulfill its goals.

The 7.3-kilowatt pole-mounted solar project is installed next to the school.

Dorris Lions Club

Dorris, CA

The Dorris Lions Club, owners and operators of the Butte Valley Community Center, used their Blue Sky-funded 37.7 KW Solar project as a key cornerstone in their project to add a new addition to the center. To increase their services to the community, a walk-in refrigeration and freezer section, dry food storage, space to distribute commodities, and a 25-person meeting space were added to the building. By decreasing their power bill thanks to the new solar array, they are able to afford the utility bill increase brought on by the addition of the refrigeration and freezer units. The project was assisted by the Ore-Cal RC&D Council, fiscal 501c3 sponsor, who secured grant funding for the building, matching dollars and community donations to complement the Blue Sky grant funding.

Siskiyou Family YMCA

Yreka, CA

The Siskiyou Family YMCA installed a 90 kilowatt solar array to help offset the energy needs of the facility. The solar array is highly visible element of the property. There is a 1 mile fitness trail that is used daily by the community. The trail goes directly under the elevated solar arrays at several points. The location was selected to optimize the production of the solar panels that will be facing 180 degrees south.

Currently, the Siskiyou Family YMCA fills a huge void in what is an economically disadvantaged area, referred to as “frontier” in extreme Northern California. There are few fitness or recreation opportunities for youth and the YMCA is a focal point for healthy activity. A large part of their community's recreation programs take place at the YMCA.

Those activities include youth and adult sports leagues, camps, arts & enrichment programs, birthday parties and even whitewater rafting! In addition to general recreation programs, the facility is used by the elementary and high schools for team practices, social activities and special events. The YMCA has become a community gathering place with a majority of community-wide events occurring at the facility throughout the year The Siskiyou Family YMCA is an independent nonprofit organization, and is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Weed Recreation & Parks

City of Weed, CA

The WRPD whose boundaries include the entire City of Weed and a significant portion of developed property outside of the City was formed in the 1960’s and has provided recreational facilities and programs for the community for nearly 60 years. The original WRPD Community Center was lost in the Boles fire on September 15, 2014. In order to reconstruct the center, WRPD purchased a piece of property adjacent to property they already own. The new center officially opened in February of 2019 and provides the community with a large meeting/event room, a commercial kitchen, a recreation and fitness room and an indoor pool and spa. Part of the WRPD mission is to provide a well-rounded selection of recreation and park facilities and health and wellness programs. Community seniors and youth are the top priorities to providing services. The 43.8 KW solar array will offset electric costs at the Weed Community Center. Reduced costs of operation of the Community Center provides more funds for additional programs sustainability.

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