Requirements & Eligibility

Eligible renewable energy technologies

Renewable energy project types eligible to receive funding through the Blue Sky program are those that generate electricity and are fueled by:

  • Wind
  • Solar PV
  • Geothermal
  • Low impact hydro – certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI). Please visit their website for information on pursuing certification for a hydro project.
  • Pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower
  • Wave energy or tidal action
  • Low-emissions biomass based on digester methane gas from landfills, sewage treatment plants or animal waste and biomass energy based on solid organic fuels from wood, forest or field residues or dedicated crops that do not include wood pieces that have been treated with chemical preservatives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or copper chrome arsenic. 

Project requirements

  • New projects or additions to existing renewable energy projects. Projects that bring new renewable energy capacity to the region are preferred. Funding for research and development projects that can accelerate renewable energy technology may be considered. 
  • Grid connected
  • Served by Rocky Mountain Power (located in the Rocky Mountain Power service area)
  • Locally-owned
  • Non-residential
  • Capacity no greater than 10 MW
  • Equipped with electronic monitoring system to collect inverter energy production data for a period of at least five years. The monitoring system must consist of a production history electronic database, and a public web link to be added to Rocky Mountain Power’s website for educational purposes.
  • Applicants are expected to enroll as a Blue Sky business partner as of the date the funding award agreement is signed. Installations that provide direct financial benefit to a for-profit business may be considered, but only if the organization is a Blue Sky participant at the Visionary level. Learn more »
  • Follow interconnection guidelines as established by Rocky Mountain Power (for small generation projects, typically smaller than 25 kilowatts, a net meter is required). Learn more »

Funding is not available for:

  • Off-grid projects
  • Heat generation systems - geothermal, passive solar, solar thermal or biomass
  • Residential installations
  • Activities not directly related to the capital costs of new renewable energy systems, such as: 
    • Structural improvements or other site preparation that would be considered general facilities maintenance (e.g.re-roofing, upgrading an overloaded electrical panel, tree removal or trimming, construction of a carport or other facility that will host the renewable energy equipment) site preparation activities that are only required for the renewable energy project and are otherwise not required for general facility maintenance (e.g., ballast rock removal, roof reinforcement, trenching a new wire run exclusively for the solar array), may be considered an eligible expense on an individual basis.
    • Administrative or project management cost

Note:  Reasonable design costs proposed for the purpose of optimizing the facility’s energy production and finalizing system design may be considered; however, Blue Sky funding may not be used to recoup the costs for preliminary designs incurred prior to application submission.  

Rocky Mountain Power does not provide project development assistance and does not provide assistance in obtaining co-funding.

 

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