by Rob Scott
MEDFORD, Ore. – Change is on the way to the parking lot at the Medford Airport. Ground was broken Monday afternoon on what will the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport’s first renewable energy project.
Solar panels will be mounted on a 30 by 60 foot canopy that will stretch across the three toll booths of the parking lot. The power generated will power the parking lot and toll booths reducing energy costs. The project is being funded in part through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Block Program. The exact cost for the project is unknown for now but the grant from the Blue Sky Block Program will cover up to $100,000.
Officials stated funding had been the main factor holding the project back but the project got the green light after receiving the grant. Airport Director Bern Case said the panels will be long lasting and the impact will be felt soon after the project is completed.
Officials said it will save the airport money which will in turn save passengers money. Airport officials also said the impact of the project will be about the equivalent of taking 2 houses off the grid. Case stated all of the pieces are at the airport and just need to be assembled. He said they are aiming to have the project completed by the end of November.