Blue Sky Customers Partner With Local Donor to Award $1.2M Grant
Salt Lake City—A unique and collaborative effort between Rocky Mountain Power and a local foundation, partnered with Auric Energy, will result in an estimated $4 million in savings for Salt Lake Valley’s three new Homeless Resource Centers over the next 30 years.
In celebration of the Men’s Homeless Resource Center completion, Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program presented the three facilities with $926,235 made possible by Blue Sky customers supporting renewable energy development.
The S&P Andersen Foundation donated an additional $288,500. Auric Energy, a local solar company, provided engineering and installation services as an in-kind donation to the project.
“This was a chance for the power company and solar company to join together for a good cause and make something significant happen,” said Steve Andersen, Auric’s chairman who initiated the project and partnership with Rocky Mountain Power.
“Every one of the Blue Sky customers has contributed a portion to make a difference here – to help give dignity and longitudinal hope to those at the centers,” Andersen said. “I don’t know of a better cause.”
The solar installations will offset around half the energy used by the three facilities, allowing more money to support the vital programs within the centers, which provide emergency shelter for up to 700 individuals nightly.
“Because of the generous donations of time and resources from our employees and partners, Auric was able to help give the gift of solar to those that need it most,” said Courtney Leishman, director of commercial at Auric. “These 1,582 solar panels will result in an estimated $4 million in savings over the next 30 years.”
Preston Cochrane, Shelter the Homeless executive director, said the redirected funds will go to providing high-impact interventions that lead to sustainable self-sufficiency.
Since 2006, Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers have voluntarily supported wind and solar energy generation in the region. Blue Sky has provided more than $11 million in funding to community-based renewable energy projects.
“Combined, this grant is the largest in more than 15 years and it could not have been possible without the individuals, businesses and communities that voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky program,” said Gary Hoogeveen, Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO.
More information about the Blue Sky program is available at www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.