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SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER PURCHASES OVER 1.5 MILLION KILOWATT HOURS OF CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - November, 2008 - Silicon Valley Power (SVP), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), announced today Santa Clara Convention Center will participate in its clean renewable energy program Santa Clara Green Power. Santa Clara Convention Center will purchase one-half of the output of one large-scale wind turbine, on an annual basis.
Derived from clean wind and solar generation sources and certified by Green-e Energy, the Santa Clara Convention Center's renewable power commitment - 1608 MWh's annually - makes the Santa Clara Convention Center a member of the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership. "We are pleased by the Santa Clara Convention Center's participation in Santa Clara Green Power, one of the largest commitment to renewable energy to date by one of our utility customers," said Larry Owens of SVP. "We hope other businesses in our community will join in supporting Santa Clara Green Power."
The Santa Clara Convention Center's clean power commitment will provide environmental savings through preventing the release of 933 tons of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. This is the climate impact equivalent to planting 777 acres of forest or taking 171 cars off the road for one year.
"The commitment to renewable power is an extension of a broad set of initiatives we've implemented to conserve energy and minimize our impact on the environment," said Ken Winland, Director of Operations for the Santa Clara Convention Center.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the century-old Electric Department of the City of Santa Clara, California. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, National Semiconductor and Yahoo!, at rates 25 to 45 percent below neighboring communities. SVP also offers customers a 100 percent renewable energy option through its Santa Clara Green Power program and is an active participant in the wholesale energy markets in the Western United States. Visit www.siliconvalleypower.com for more information.
About Santa Clara Green Power
Santa Clara Green Power is a voluntary renewable energy program offered by Silicon Valley Power to all of its residential, commercial and industrial customers as a way to support energy generated from 100 percent clean wind and solar power resources at a low additional cost of 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Santa Clara utility customers can enroll in Santa Clara Green Power by signing up through the secure website at www.siliconvalleypower.com; sending an email that includes the customer's name, address, account and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling (408) 244-SAVE (7283).
About Santa Clara Convention Center
For a meeting venue in one of the most modern, well-equipped convention centers in the country, come to Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara is a unique and inspired location whose creative energies have changed the world. Located south of San Francisco in the center of Silicon Valley, this high-tech meeting, trade, and convention complex has taken its cue from the business that surrounds it. Visit http://www.santaclara.org/ for more information.