And since 2006, Rocky Mountain Power has been using some of the money generated from its Blue Sky program to help fund small community-based renewable energy projects undertakings it hopes can be used to help educate the public on the benefits of producing electricity from renewable resources.
The amount available for funding awards is limited and varies year to year, said Jeff Hymas, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.
He noted, though, that in 2011 the utility committed more than $1 million in total to help fund 12 renewable energy projects in Utah.
Since 2006, Blue Sky customers have helped fund more than 75 new renewable energy projects, Hymas said.
Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects and for geothermal or biomass heat pump systems.
Organizations interested in seeking funding should go to company's website for detailed criteria on project qualifications and applications forms. To be considered for funding, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. on June 15.
Among 2011 renewable energy projects:
Cedar City Fire Department Station #1 • a 23.26-kilowatt solar array
Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City • a 20.9-kilowatt solar array
Weber State University • 15.43-kilowatt solar array
Application • Interested organizations can go to www.rockymountainpower.net/blueskyfunds for more information.
Deadline • Application and supporting materials due by 5 p.m. on June 15.