SALT LAKE CITY   — Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky program is helping fund the construction of nine community-based renewable energy projects in the state.

Overall, more than $938,000 was awarded for 12 projects in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, including 11 solar projects and one wind project. The funding is made possible through participating Blue Sky customers, who number more than 34,000.

Under the program, customers can sign up to support as many as 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy as they choose, at a cost of $1.95 per block, per month.

In its 10th year, the Blue Sky program is recognized as one of the top utility green pricing programs in the country, according to Karen Gilmore, the company's vice president of customer services. The utility company does not profit by offering Blue Sky renewable energy to its customers.

Utah organizations that received Blue Sky funding for solar projects this year are:

• Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, 52.4 kilowatts

• McGillis School, Salt Lake City, 27.5 kilowatts

• Ivins City, up to 23 kilowatts

• Cedar City Aquatic Center, 20.24 kilowatts

• Westminster College, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, 20 kilowatts

• Fourth Street Clinic, Salt Lake City, 12.65 kilowatts

• Early Light Academy, South Jordan, 10.1 kilowatts

• Wasatch Peak Academy, North Salt Lake, 10.1 kilowatts

• South Salt Lake Fire Department, 9.2 kilowatts

For more information about Blue Sky, or to sign up, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky or call 1-800-769-3717.

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