Solar Panels Installation Celebration

LARAMIE, Wyo (PRESS RELEASE) – The City of Laramie is the proud recipient of Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Award in 2020 to support the installation of solar panels for the Laramie Community Recreation Center and Ice & Event Center.

Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program funds renewable energy projects in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. The celebration for the new solar panels will take place on Thursday, June 10th, in the cul-de-sac on the southwest side of the Recreation Center, between the Recreation Center and Basic Beginnings, on 920 Boulder Drive. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments.

The installation of solar panels in the Laramie Community Recreation Center and the Ice and Events Center is the first major step towards the city of Laramie’s goal of carbon neutrality. These facilities were selected for the first solar investment because they impact the community’s goal of net neutrality and can serve as an educational location for the thousands of annual guests who visit both facilities each year.

“For more than 20 years, the Blue Sky program has provided Rocky Mountain Power customers with an easy and powerful way to live their values, reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energies,” said Sharon Fain, Rocky Mountain Power vice president for Wyoming.

“We appreciate our Blue Sky customers for supporting projects like this and creating a better future for local communities.”

Launched in early 2000, Blue Sky enables customers to balance their energy use by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). It’s an easy way for attendees to support new renewable energies in the West, beyond Rocky Mountain Power’s sizable and growing commitment to renewable energy.

In Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power customers participate in Blue Sky more than 5,000, and the number continues to grow every year. According to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranking, Blue Sky is among the top five utility programs of its kind based on the most participants and the most renewable energies supported. For many cities and districts, Blue Sky offers a tangible opportunity to achieve local sustainability and climate protection goals.

To participate, customers select the amount of renewable energy they want to support and then pay that additional amount onto their monthly bill, starting at $ 1.95 per month. In addition to supporting clean energy to balance their energy use at home or at work, attendees also support community-based renewable energy projects for local nonprofits, schools, and civic groups, as well as the development of new utility-scale renewable energy systems.

For more information on this project, please contact Todd Feezer, Assistant City Manager at [email protected] or Sarah Reese, Coordinator for Community and Business Initiatives at [email protected]

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