New airport sculpture highlights installation of solar panels there

The Medford airport will unveil a sundial-inspired sculpture to recognize Pacific Power customers for their Blue Sky funding, which helped pay for the installation of solar panels at the airport.

The unveiling of the piece on the traffic island in front of the terminal is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Jackson County officials will attend, as will the architect, contractor for the project and representatives from Pacific Power, an airport news release said.

The event celebrates the completion of the second phase of adding solar panels at the airport. The latest project installed panels on three canopies extending from the terminal curb to the airport's flag plaza near the parking lot. The panels can generate 25 kilowatts of power and help protect travelers from sun and rain, officials said.

A $170,684 Pacific Power Blue Sky grant paid for much of the $223,143 project.

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