MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford is launching a push for more green energy and they are asking businesses to step up to the challenge.
40 Southern Oregon companies are already enrolled in Pacific Power’s “Blue Sky Program,” which helps fund renewable energy projects in the valley. Now the city of Medford wants to increase that number and continue pushing for green energy systems.
Mayor Gary Wheeler announced the city wants to boost the number of companies in the program by 25 percent. If the city meets the goal, the Blue Sky Program will help install a new solar array on a Medford building.
Companies participating in the program help pay for special renewable energy grants the Medford Airport was able to install solar panels through a blue sky grant, organizers say the community is taking notice of the green push.
“You’re seeing more and more awareness, particularly from the business community here in Jackson County and in Southern Oregon throughout this region, an awareness that we need to give back, we need to do what we can to protect the environment, and this is just one of the many ways we can do so,” said Monte Mendenhall with Pacific Power.
The city’s goal is to reach that 25 percent increase by the end of the year. In addition to local businesses, the Blue Sky Program also has about 2,100 residents enrolled. Pacific Power says it wants to see about 500 more people sign up by the end of 2013.