The Mt. Ashland Association will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the installation of an array of solar panels at the ski area this Friday, August 26 at 2:00pm in the ski area parking lot located at 11 Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The panels will offset 12% of annual energy use at the ski area. The $113,000 project is supported in part by Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Program customers and the Energy Trust of Oregon. Mt. Ashland’s donors and sponsors are supporting the remaining costs.
“We are so excited about this project,” said Hiram Towle, Mount Ashland’s General Manager. “From reduced energy costs to using more renewable energy, it’s a big win-win for us and our community. We are one of only a handful of ski areas in the country with solar panels.”
The ski area experiences peak energy use during winter months, when solar power generation will be lower. However, because the system is tied into the power grid through a net metering agreement with Pacific Power, the ski area will be producing power during summer months that will be able to be used to offset in-season energy use.
“Our partners Pacific Power and the Energy Trust of Oregon have made this project possible,” Towle said. “We could not have even considered it without their generous support. With our donors and sponsors covering the remaining costs, there is an immediate return on investment”
As part of the installation, the contractor True South Solar installed energy monitors so that guests can view the on-site energy production at a kiosk in the ski area’s Lodge and on the website at https://www.mtashland.com/solar/.
The solar panels are installed on the roof of the ski area’s vehicle shop. The shop, which faces “true south” and has no overhanging trees nearby is perfectly situated for the installation and guests will be able to view the panels from the ski area parking lot.
This project is supported by voluntary contributions made by Pacific Power’s Blue Sky utility customers. For more information about how Pacific Power Blue Sky customers contribute to projects like these, please visit www.bluesky.com. The project is also supported by a mandatory surcharge on every Oregon utility bill that supports green energy projects like this one. For information about how Oregon utility rate payers support Energy Trust of Oregon projects like these, please visit www.eto.gov.