What a Long Green Trip it's Been!
Santa Clara Green Power had humble beginnings back in 2004 when the program was first launched. But, one glance at the chart of annual green power megawatt-hours supplied (see right) reveals that the program has grown ever since by leaps and bounds. Santa Clara is now the third largest Green Power Community in the nation as recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Santa Clara Green Power has landed on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2010 Top 10 list of utility green power programs for the sixth year in a row! Santa Clara Green Power
received these accolades thanks to customer participation! Check out the rankings on NREL’s website and thank you for making this program shine!
Santa Clara Green Power is part of a large and growing voluntary market for renewable energy. In fact, according to the most recent data from NREL, total sales of renewable energy in voluntary markets exceeded 30 million MWh in 2009 - an increase of 17% from 2008.
Plaza Suites Increases its Purchase of Santa Clara Green Power
Join us in congratulating long-time Santa Clara Green Power
participant The Plaza Suites hotel for increasing its purchase to the quarter-turbine level! The Plaza Suites’ renewable power commitment – 804 megawatt-hours annually – represents one quarter of the annual electricity output of a utility-scale wind turbine, and matches over half of their annual electricity consumption. The Plaza Suites’ clean power commitment will provide environmental savings by annually preventing the release of 490 tons of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. This is the climate impact equivalent to taking 81 cars off the road for a year. “From green power to our energy saving linen program to our reclaimed water landscaping irrigation system, The Plaza Suites is always looking for ways to conserve energy and minimize our impact on the environment,” said Jean-Philippe Rollet, General Manager.
How Much Green Power is there in California?
For those of you who really like to geek-out on energy data, check out the California Independent System Operator (ISO) website. It has real-time data on renewable energy production in California. It's a complement to the older Renewables Watch website. Together, those two sites provide a nice snapshot of how much renewable energy is being generated in California compared to our demand for electricity.
Mark Your Calendars for the Art & Wine Festival!
Santa Clara Green Power will be at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival on September 17th and 18th - drop by to say hello and bring a friend! This crowd-pleasing, free event features: local and regional artists, international foods, live entertainment on three stages and the ever-popular Kids Kingdom! Even better, 100% of the proceeds from the festival support programs and services within the community. For more information, visit the City of Santa Clara website.
Get Paid to Spread the Word
We're looking for a few enthusiastic and qualified locals to help with our Santa Clara Green Power outreach activities such as "courtesy knock" door-to-door campaigns and tabling at events. For more information, please review the job posting. Thanks!
Find Us on Facebook
Santa Clara Green Power is on Facebook! You can find us at facebook.com/santaclaragreenpower. “Like” our page and stay connected to your green power community!
Have You Seen Us Around Town?
You may have noticed the Santa Clara Green Power bus shelter advertisements (pictured above) around town, or perhaps you noticed the green power displays on the electronic billboard on Highway 101 at Great America, Some of you even saw Santa Clara Green Power representatives out knocking on doors with program information in hand. It is all part of our initiative to spread the word about this great program!
Check Out the Santa Clara Farmers' Market
Wander down to Jackson Street (between Homestead Road and Benton Street) on Saturdays 9am - 1pm and support your local farmers. The market is now open year-round and those deicious summer fruits are in season!