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Palo Alto Seals the Deal on Major Solar Electric Investments
Date:6/18/2013

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Palo Alto has taken yet another step in its quest to be one of America's greenest cities with its recent major long-term solar power commitment.

Last night, the City Council authorized three major solar electric power purchase agreements, which together will result in the acquisition of up to 182,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar photovoltaic electric power per year, which is the equivalent of roughly 18 percent of the City’s electric needs. That’s enough power to supply all 65,000+ Palo Alto residents---and then some! (The median residential use is roughly 5 MWh/year).

Thanks to several projects coming online over the next few years, combined with these three newly-approved solar contracts, by 2017 the City will be achieving its 100% carbon-neutral electricity purchases solely through carbon-free long-term renewable contracts and hydroelectric resources. The new power purchase agreements take Palo Alto’s “green commitment” to a new level.

“Palo Alto has bought the entire output from these three new projects which are being built right here in our home state. People can go gaze upon the fields of solar panels and know that’s exactly where their electric power is coming from! I find that pretty cool,” comments Jane Ratchye, director of the City Utilities Resource Management division.

Palo Alto is already one of the few places in the world that is already purchasing completely carbon-neutral electricity. Having rapped about the carbon-neutral electric achievement back in March, the City now has even more to crow about!

Presently, about 70% of that carbon-n
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