SILICON VALLEY POWER RECOGNIZED AS TOP 10 NATIONAL GREEN POWER LEADER BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Santa Clara, Calif – Silicon Valley Power’s (SVP) green power program, Santa Clara Green Power, has once again been honored as one of the Top 10 utility green power programs in the nation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. This is the eleventh year that SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program has made the esteemed Top 10 list and the second year in a row it has ranked in the top 10 in three out of four green power categories – percentage of customer participation, green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales, and total green power sales.
“Recognition as an industry leader by NREL for the eleventh year in a row is quite an acknowledgement of SVP and our program," said Larry Owens, Senior Division Manager of Customer Services at SVP. "We are committed to offering a high-quality, 100 percent renewable energy choice for our customers, but the program would not be where it is today without customers themselves stepping up to a greener pathway forward for their home or business,” Owens said.
SVP placed fourth in the category “green power participation rate” – with 8.13 percent of customers participating in Santa Clara Green Power in 2016. SVP has been recognized year after year for its high percentage of SVP customers who choose to cover their home’s or business’s electricity use with renewable energy.
The Santa Clara-based utility was also honored with a third-place ranking for green power sales as a percentage of total electricity sales. In 2016, 6.03 percent of total utility megawatt-hour (MWh) sales came from Santa Clara Green Power, reflecting a relatively high demand for renewable energy in the Santa Clara community.
SVP also earned top 10 recognition as the ninth highest-ranked national utility for total green power sales – selling 206,692 MWh of green power in 2016. “This was a true community effort. A number of our large commercial customers, including the City of Santa Clara itself, joined hundreds of small businesses and thousands of Santa Clara residents in purchasing up to 100 percent renewable energy through Santa Clara Green Power,” said Owens.
Silicon Valley Power manages the Santa Clara Green Power program in partnership with 3Degrees, the eight-time winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Supplier of the Year Award. Learn more about Santa Clara Green Power by visiting siliconvalleypower.com/green.
Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, including Intel, Oracle, Levi’s Stadium, Owens Corning, Marvel Semiconductor and NVIDIA at rates 22 to 48 percent below neighboring communities.
3Degrees develops and implements customized renewable energy and carbon mitigation strategies, products and programs for utilities, corporations, wholesale customers and other organizations that are working to make their operations more sustainable. Based in San Francisco, 3Degrees is a certified B Corp and eight-time winner of the EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year award. Learn more at www.3degreesinc.com.