MEDFORD, OR – November 18, 2015 – The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport is inviting the general public to a “Lights Up” event on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. The event will commission the third phase of the Airport’s solar energy projects.
This latest phase of the project included the installation of a photovoltaic solar system on three new canopies. In addition to the canopies, the metal Halide lights were replaced with light emitting diodes, “LEDs,” throughout the Airport’s 16-acres of parking lots, reducing its carbon footprint to zero. A charging station capable of charging two vehicles has also been installed. All three solar projects combined generates approximately 77kW.
“Each solar canopy that is constructed reduces our carbon footprint significantly. I’m learning to speak a whole new language when it comes to solar installations,” stated Airport Director Bern Case. As a bonus, the new solar canopies will provide some added protection from the weather.
The Blue Sky project was awarded in June of this year to Vitus Construction, a locally owned company. Approximate costs for this third phase is $495,000. As with the first two projects, the Airport again partnered with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers and the Energy Trust of Oregon, who provided incentives.
To help commemorate the event, a number of County officials will be in attendance along with the general contractor, Vitus Construction; Ron Grimes Architects, P.C.; and representatives from Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon.
For further information on the airport project, please contact Bern Case, Airport Director, or Kim Stearns, Public Information Officer at (541) 776-7222.