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Blue Sky customers provided the school with a $576,224 grant that made the solar project at the middle school possible. The grant funds were also leveraged to enable a qualified zone academy bond that allowed for additional energy-saving measures.

“This development is not only an energy cost savings measure, but it incorporates technology as part of the STEM and Career and Technical Educational opportunities for our students,” said Sam Ray, superintendent of North Sanpete School District. “This project moves our students to the cutting edge of technology and renewable energy.”

However, the North Sanpete School District has been championing renewable energy and technology for years. District schools already have some small solar panels. The middle school and high school have extracurricular “Greenpower” electric car teams where students work on electric cars for sanctioned competitions. The school district also plans to add courses to teach students how to install and test solar panels.

“We’re excited to work with the North Sanpete School District and Rocky Mountain Power to help address the district’s energy efficiency needs, while also playing a part in the district’s sustainable education and career development program,” said Craig Banaszewski, zone vice president for Siemens Building Technologies Division, who was the contractor for the project.

“This is an exciting project that will provide education value for students and the community about how the latest technology can be used to promote clean energy,” said Bill Comeau, Rocky Mountain Power’s director of customer innovation. “We are grateful to Blue Sky customers who make innovative projects like this possible in our communities.”

Blue Sky provides an easy and convenient way for customers to support the development of renewable energy resources in the western United States and in their state. Blue Sky renewable energy is separate from, and in addition to, what Rocky Mountain Power buys or generates to serve its customers. The program is Green-e Energy certified by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Rocky Mountain Power currently has more than 50,000 Blue Sky customers throughout Wyoming, Idaho and Utah.

Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information available at rockymountainpower.net.

The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management.