Silicon Valley Power Receives EPA Green Power Leadership Award
National Awards Honor Leading Green Power Suppliers
Santa Clara, CA, October 20, 2015 – Silicon Valley Power is excited to announce that it has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power suppliers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Silicon Valley Power with the Green Power Supplier of the Year award at the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Arlington, Virginia on October 19, 2015.
“EPA is pleased to recognize Silicon Valley Power with a Green Power Supplier of the Year Award for its leadership in expanding the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through its development of new renewable energy capacity, Silicon Valley Power is helping to address climate change and put our country on a path to a future powered by renewable resources.”
Silicon Valley Power was one of only three green power suppliers nationwide to receive a Green Power Supplier of the Year Award. The award recognizes leading green power providers for outstanding efforts, initiatives, and programs that promote the use of green power within homes and businesses and advance the development of green power sources.
“We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Jamie Mathews, Mayor of Santa Clara. “We’ve seen over a decade of overwhelming support for this program from the Santa Clara community – thousands of businesses and residents are taking an active roles in creating a more sustainable community. Our customers recognize that advancing clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change.”
Eleven years ago, Silicon Valley Power envisioned a program that would promote clean energy, steward the environment, educate the community and, above all, provide customers with a choice. Today, Santa Clara Green Power continues to meet and exceed those expectations.
At its core, the Santa Clara Green Power program empowers residents and businesses to match their electricity usage with power from renewable sources – reducing their electricity carbon footprint while supporting the development of local and regional renewable resources.
Today’s program is so much more – it’s a direct reflection of local consumer desires and interests. In 2014, to match increasing community support for solar energy, Santa Clara Green Power switched its product mix to include 85 percent solar power from California and 15 percent wind power from the western United States. Solar power was procured from projects at 60 different schools, including parking lot canopies and shade structures.
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 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning, Yahoo! and NVIDIA, at rates 19 to 44 percent below neighboring communities.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations collectively purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchasing; and Green Power Supplier of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Partner awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. EPA’s Green Power Supplier awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.
For More Information
Silicon Valley Power
Name: Larry Owens
Phone Number: (408) 615-6644
Email: LOwens (at) siliconvalleypower.com
Name: Melissa Klein
Phone Number: 202-343-9207
Email: klein.melissa (at) epa.gov