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Airport Celebrates Solar Success

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The Rogue Valley International Medford Airport is celebrating its soaring solar success.

The second phase of its solar project is finally done.  Three new solar panels have been installed in the parking lot, and it’s preparing to unveil a new solar design.

Part two of the airport solar project included building three new solar powered canopies in the parking lot.  This phase of the project cost $250,000.  The canopies are now in working order, and are generating nearly 25 kilowatts of power for the parking lot and toll plaza.

“Well they absorb the sun and turn it into electric power, and they feed the grid when we are generating plenty, and we take from the grid of course during the night, but our goal is to become a zero carbon footprint in the parking lot,” said Bern Case, Rogue Valley International Medford Airport director.

The airport said it won’t be able to eliminate its carbon footprint with this phase of the project, but it is pushing towards that in its next project.  The airport has applied for phase three of the solar project.  Officials are now waiting to hear back for approval.

The airport will be holding a celebration on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for their solar project achievement.  At the ceremony, officials will be unveiling a new solar powered monument.  The monument is dedicated to Blue Sky and Pacific Power for their help throughout the solar project process.