Vista Solar Installing 2.5 MW for Shelter Creek Condominiums

Vista Solar, a SunPower commercial dealer, has been chosen by Shelter Creek Condominiums, a 1,296-unit multi-family development, to design and install a 2.5 MW SunPower solar project in San Bruno, Calif.

According to Vista Solar, there will be eight phases of construction of the rooftop solar system, and once complete, the project will offset over 70% of the community’s annual electricity usage.

“As one of the largest multi-family developments in San Mateo County, and having just completed the installation of Fiber Optic connections to each condo through the ‘Fiber to the Home’ project enabled by the City of San Bruno and San Bruno Cable, we believe Shelter Creek has set the bar for advanced technology,” says Ronnie Rosen, general manager of Shelter Creek.

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Vista Solar Installing 2.5 MW for Shelter Creek Condominiums, by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry, November 13, 2017.

Ride the Winds of the Fires for Change to Sustainable Communities


Quickly rebuilding 8,900 buildings destroyed by the fires as “Zero Net Energy” buildings — it’s impossible, right?

Wrong; it’s cost-effective and not that hard, but requires community determination and leadership.

We are at the fork in the road after fires destroyed over 8,900 buildings last month and killed over 40 neighbors in our community in the great fires of the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The largest of many such fires in California over the past few years. The new community slogan is “Love is Thicker than the Smoke “and the tragic devastation of the fires have brought the community together in helping each other heal and rebuild.

Will we rush to rebuild in the same way as before or will we rebuild with cost-effective zero net energy buildings and renewable microgrids?

One road leads to more smoke — a community with continued high utility costs, wasteful energy use, add greenhouse gasses, dependence on fossil fuels, less reliable, less resilient energy systems all contributing to the degradation of the environment and more fires and “natural” disasters.

The other road leads to more love – love of community, future generations, nature and a commitment to rebuild as a zero net energy community. Rebuilding critical public infrastructure designed with renewable microgrids for improved reliability. And leadership that loves to remove barriers to creating this new sustainable community.

So, let’s get to the heart of the matter – building sustainable, reliable, smart, 21st century buildings and power systems is vital to the economic, social and environmental health of our community and the global community. Sustainable designs and systems are the solution that stops contributing to the essential problem of global climate change.

Why zero net energy buildings? They are the best cost-effective solution. zero net energy buildings are so cost effective that California will requires all homes to be zero net energy starting in 2020 — just two years. Commercial buildings have until 2030 to be zero net energy. The added costs for a zero net energy home are only $8,000 to $12,000 in first costs. The reduced homeowner utility bills will pay for the added costs in a few years and/or contribute to monthly mortgage costs.

Developers like De Young Properties are building zero net energy communities today. The EnVision community with 36 zero net energy homes in Clovis is the largest zero net energy community in the Central Valley.

Why renewable microgrids? It is sustainable technology for a digital world.

Requiring renewable microgrids for our essential public services and buildings is the logical and cost-effective approach for the new normal. Richard Branson and Amory Lovins wrote an Aug. 23, 2017 editorial for the New York Times “How to Keep the Lights on After a Hurricane” And I’ll add, or a firestorm, see key quote below:

Microgrids are becoming proven and popular around the world from India (where record floods couldn’t stop solar power) to the University of California at San Diego, whose microgrid (powering 92 percent of the campus and saving $8 million a year) reversed flow and sent power back to the utility in less than a half-hour (until wildfires ate a power line).

Some traditional utilities oppose microgrids as a threat to their beleaguered monopoly. But giant electrical equipment firms like Siemens, Schneider and General Electric now offer microgrids, and nearly 2,000 projects were underway worldwide at the end of 2016.

Why leadership is required to remove the barriers to zero net energy with community-based solutions?

Just as nothing could stop the recent fires, we need leadership that nothing can stop until we solve these barriers and rebuild smart with 100 percent renewable power and microgrid systems.

According to the Sierra Club, 100 Commitments: five U.S. cities have already done this and 46 cities, four countries and one state have adapted 100 percent renewable plans. Many of these cities are rebuilding from natural disasters due to hurricanes, monster storms, floods, and fires.

It is time to get our head out of the sand, wake up and face the challenge.

We know what to do and how to do it – but the barriers are many.

Barriers include insurance coverage, FEMA coverage, modest added first costs, appraisal process, loan process, building permit process, design and trade training, and the rush to get done.

Which road to take as a community? As individuals? What is the right thing do?

Rebuilding unsustainably and wasting energy is clearly not the right thing to do for the public or private buildings. So, we know the right thing to do and for the love of the community and future generations we need to have the courage, creativity, collaboration and leadership to clear the smoke and the barriers and rebuild our homes and community as part of the solution for a sustainable world.

Ride the Winds of the Fires for Change to Sustainable Communities, by Karl Johnson, Napa Valley Register, November 15, 2017.

Post-Fire Rebuilding Offers a Chance for Microgrids

It is not yet known whether trees blown into electric power lines by ferocious winds helped cause the catastrophic fires in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. But electric lines are notoriously vulnerable to a variety of hazards, and vulnerabilities to the electric generation and transmission system are well known. It’s time to think about replacing some of our centralized electrical system with decentralized “microgrids,” which generate power locally and renewably — and without utility poles.

Ironically, it is the tragic leveling of entire communities in the Wine Country that might make building microgrids more cost-effective than rebuilding conventional infrastructure in the short run. And in the long run, benefits of microgrids would grow.

Decentralized, or distributed power, can be everything from rooftop solar panels to an array of solar, wind or geothermal power grouped to serve blocks or neighborhoods.

In 2015, the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts reported that “A century-old centralized system is yielding to advanced, distributed energy generation capabilities — in which power is produced at or near the place where it is consumed.” Foremost among these will be microgrids (energy generation and transmission for a specific customer base), with energy generated by renewable energy sources including solar, wind and geothermal, which will serve both regional and neighborhood needs.

Energy microgrids are more resilient in the face of service interruptions caused by natural events, including devastating storms that have taken down utility infrastructure in this year’s hurricanes, wrote engineer Mahesh P. Bhave. He has said that hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico offers a perfect opportunity to replace the traditional electric grid with microgrids.

Conventional utility infrastructure is also susceptible to hacking. In 2014, CNN documented 79 attacks on the U.S. energy grid. Microgrids are not so susceptible.

Microgrids can provide reliable, continuous power, and enhance use of renewable energy sources. Much of the energy sent over long distances on the existing grid is lost in transmission. Electricity produced close to where it is used, building-by-building or microgrid-by-microgrid, will be more cost-effective and efficient. And, as it does not rely on enormous generating plants, locally produced energy can more easily be harvested from the wind and sun.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., solar energy produced on rooftops is bought and sold among neighbors, bypassing traditional utilities. Batteries to store solar power and feed it back at night are proliferating, and are rapidly coming down in cost. Rigorously tested, these batteries can supply a whole house with energy, and are made by well-known firms such as Tesla and Samsung, as well as a growing number of smaller companies.

We can also reduce our energy use, and save money as well. Passive solar homes have been gaining popularity for years. Zero-net-energy buildings, which maximize the effect of renewables and energy efficiency, will be required as standard construction in California by 2020. That could dramatically reduce the amount of energy new buildings in the Wine Country — or anywhere else — will need.

Post-Fire Rebuilding Offers a Chance for Microgrids, by Edward Church, The San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2017.

California May Reach 50% Renewable Power Goal by 2020 — 10 Years Early

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious law ordering California utility companies to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

It looks like they may hit that goal a decade ahead of schedule.

An annual report issued Monday by California regulators found that the state’s three big, investor-owned utilities — Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. — are collectively on track to reach the 50 percent milestone by 2020, although individual companies could exceed the mark or fall just short of it.

 In 2016, 32.9 percent of the electricity PG&E sold to its customers came from renewable sources, according to the report. Edison reached 28.2 percent renewable power in 2016, while SDG&E — the state’s smallest investor-owned utility — hit 43.2 percent.

California first started requiring utilities to increase their use of renewable power in 2002. Brown and his Republican predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, ratcheted up the targets over time. Known as the renewable portfolio standard, the requirement has become one of the state’s most important tools for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.

Brown has touted California’s ability to boost renewable power and lower emissions while growing its economy. Even as President Trump has moved to scale back federal efforts to combat global warming, Brown has been pushing other states and foreign governments to join California.

“We don’t want to do nothing and just sit there and let the climate get worse,” he said Monday by phone from Germany, where he is attending climate talks. “California is all in.”

California’s emissions from electric power generation have declined almost every year since 2008.

The requirement triggered a boom in the construction of solar power plants and wind farms. At the same time, renewable power prices have plunged. The average utility contract price for buying electricity from a large-scale photovoltaic solar facility dropped from $135.90 per megawatt-hour in 2008 to $29.17 in 2016. Wind power prices fell from $97.11 per megawatt-hour in 2007 to $50.99 in 2015, according to the report.

So much solar power now floods the California grid from late morning through mid-afternoon that on many days, there isn’t a need for all of it. But the state is still heavily reliant on conventional power plants burning natural gas, which provide the large majority of California’s electricity during late afternoons and evenings.

The report found that as the renewable power building boom was getting under way, utilities signed contracts with more solar and wind power developers than they needed, expecting many of the projects to fall through.

They also bought more “renewable energy credits” — tradeable certificates generated whenever a solar plant or wind facility produces electricity — than necessary.

In addition, the growing popularity of community choice aggregation projects — in which local governments buy electricity on behalf of their citizens — has cut into the amount of electricity the utilities sell to customers, a trend expected to accelerate. As result, reaching the 50 percent renewable mandate will be easier than anticipated.

California May Reach 50% Renewable Power Goal by 2020 — 10 Years Early, by David R. Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 2017.

Rebuilding with 2050 in mind, not 1950

An energy perspective on rebuilding after the most destructive wildfire episode in California history

Powerful forces are placing enormous pressure on a fast rebuild of the fire-demolished areas in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. As featured in a recent Sunday edition of the local paper of record, the Press Democrat, the debate about how to rebuild, and how fast or slow has begun. It is a debate that will likely grow. “City officials and most of the City Council have adopted a full-speed-ahead approach…but others are asking whether the city, by moving so fast, might miss its chance to rebuild smarter and safer,” the article states.

It is understandable that the city and county and many residential and business property owners want to clean up and rebuild as quickly as possible. Careful consideration of residents’ and business owners’ needs and wants is imperative. Some kind of process for ensuring that their voices are heard and needs are met as soon as possible needs to happen, as does determining what kind of rebuild occurs over the longer term.

Instead of a slow-down, an expedited process for code revisions and special permitting for the longer term rebuilding is in order to allow for inclusion of advanced 21st century systems and technology in what is rebuilt. The question is: how can we expeditiously rebuild with energy infrastructure optimized for safety and efficiency. Doing so offers a path forward that has a potential win/win dynamic that can favorably address resilience and future emergency response scenarios, in addition to offering advantages on consumer energy costs, energy load management, and more.

Rebuilding with the year 2050, not 1950 in mind means a lot more than under-grounding electric utilities, slapping solar panels on roofs, and making homes electric-vehicle-charging-ready or even adding on-site energy storage to the system. It means integrating all of these technologies and more with the smart sensors and controls, communications tools, and advanced automation that are now available that can do double duty for both early warning of future disasters, early pinpointing of trouble spots, and managing energy generation and demand for cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions.

So, what are we talking about here?

Reports are emerging about microgrids in Sonoma County that were able to keep lights on and water pumps operating when others lost power as a result of the fire. A case in point is the story from our friends at the Stone Edge Microgrid project in Sonoma Valley. Not only were they able to go into energy island mode, they were able to do it remotely. For ten hours while the power was out all around them, using rooftop solar generation and energy storage they were able to stay powered. “By quickly putting the microgrid in island mode in response to the fires…the team learned a lot of lessons it wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Top among them [microgrid engineer Craig Wooster] said: ‘The microgrid did what it was supposed to do.’” I wrote about this now repeating phenomenon briefly in “Preventing the Zombie Apocalypse” in 2013 when the Rocky Mountain Institute pointed out the resilience benefits of microgrids that weathered 2012’s Superstorm Sandy far better than areas of New York that did not have such systems.

The vision for a green energy rebuild with 2050 in mind could look something like this: An all-electric renewables-based clean community microgrid that obviates the need for reconstructing obsolete fossil gas and electric infrastructure, including wooden utility poles, a 19th century technology. Why all electric? Because in Sonoma County our electricity dollars pay for an extremely clean mix of power, thanks to Sonoma Clean Power.

Then, beginning with passive design (taking local environmental conditions like prevailing winds into consideration) of new structures, and including the four key technologies of solar, storage, electric vehicles, smart controls, along with others like electric heat pump water and space heaters would enable the decommissioning of the fossil gas infrastructure.

It is a system where sensors are embedded in key points that allow emergency responders to know what and where the problem is early, instead of relying on an antiquated system that requires someone to make a phone call (Imagine if you needed to get a phone call to know you cut your finger; no, your system just knows and reacts!). Other sensors can be embedded that allow grid operators to communicate with load centers in a two-way mode allowing real-time demand response management. All structures can and should be designed to be zero net energy or even net-plus, producing more power than they consume. Many more dimensions of a smart green energy rebuild can be considered.

Some of these technologies may cost more to include, but the right kinds of programs, financial tools, and incentives can make it possible for these ideas to be low or no cost to property owners. This is where the utilities, local government, PACE providers, Community Choice agencies, local financial institutions, and others can play a critically important role and there are early indications that they are eager to work together to make some of this happen. There are community and system-wide energy, safety, and resilience benefits that can justify the investment. And ultimately this approach will save homeowners money on energy and enhance their own safety.

Of course, in addition to the residents, businesses, and others whose structures burned, many other stakeholders will need to be engaged on this including community based organizations, developers, contractors, energy project developers, systems integrators, and others. Both Sonoma County and Santa Rosa will need to be willing to look at innovative stretch and reach codes and ordinances, innovative building codes that push performance to the next level and that can help facilitate such a vision.

Sadly, the recent firestorms could be the “face of the future” as my colleague Barry Vesser pointed out in the aftermath of the 2015 Lake County wildfires. But out of the ashes of this disaster can be born something new and wonderful. And it could create a new model for other communities to follow who will inevitably be hit by ever-increasing climate calamities. We have an unprecedented opportunity to create much safer, energy efficient (and therefore, cost-saving over time), and resilient communities in the areas that were completely lost. Let’s think seriously about doing that before paving over the opportunity.

Communities Rise up to Draw down on Carbon

In early October, county residents overflowed the Marin Showcase Theatre in Northern California for Drawdown: Marin. Their purpose: to launch a campaign to put Marin County at the forefront of California’s efforts to reverse global warming by creating a carbon-free community.

County Supervisor Damon Connolly greeted those gathered with the core question, “What part will you play?”

“We mean it when we say we are all in this together,” said Connolly. “Government cannot do this alone. Individuals cannot stop climate change alone. Businesses cannot single-handedly reduce climate change. Coming together as a community will pay for itself in many ways.”

And the impacts of climate change, he said, “are not an abstraction.” Indeed, a few weeks before the event, the nation watched as record-breaking hurricanes ravaged southeastern regions, prompting cities to double-down on climate action. A few weeks after the event, the nation watched again as record-breaking wildfires ravaged California wine country, polluting western regions with smoke, toxins and greenhouse gases. Climate change makes hurricanesand wildfires much worse, and the resulting loss of equilibrium makes climate change much worse. So goes a vicious cycle.

As the evening played out, I felt heightened energy in the room — perhaps even a sense of relief by what local leaders expressed so directly. Already feeling “woke” about climate change, those gathered were offered an extra jolt of coffee.

So, have a look at Marin County. More importantly, urge communities everywhere to wake up and smell the coffee. Or increasingly they may wake up to smell the smoke.

Climate leadership in Marin

Key to Marin’s climate leadership legacy is Marin Clean Energy, the state’s first Community Choice Aggregation energy option. “MCE allows everyone to opt for up to 100 percent renewable energy” while also providing a model for others in the state, said Connolly.

Marin County was one of the first jurisdictions in the state to adopt a Climate Action Plan (CAP). Dana Armanino, a sustainability planner for Marin County, outlined the robust goal for 2020 it had set in its CAP. After achieving it eight years early, the county set it again with a more ambitious target.

“2020 is coming down the road, so it will be time to plan for 2030,” said Armanino. “We will re-examine our process. [It may] be more of a living thing.” Meanwhile, it is on track to reach the state goal of CO2 levels 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Marin also has outlined five pillars of action which residents can take — “right now,” “next” and “then.” Pillars include: 100 percent renewable power; transportation; energy efficiency; local food and carbon sequestration; and climate resilient communities. Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears, program champion and event host, said, “We must take action… in our home, in our businesses and in the vehicles we drive. Each of us is the activist and the innovator.”

Marin County high-school activists involved in the I Matter youth movement and the Generation Our Climate youth activist group also took the stage to describe the projects they are working on, and to urge their communities to do more. “These people are our future… and already they are our leaders,” Sears said. “To protect the future of young people, we must act boldly and must act now.”

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Communities Rise up to Draw down on Carbon, by Sue Lebeck, GreenBiz, October 31, 2017.

Microgrid Kept Power on Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered.

The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and dry conditions. While the fires didn’t burn the farm’s property, they came within about five miles.

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Microgrid Kept Power on Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages, by Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge, October 27, 2017.

Peninsula Clean Energy Electric Customers Reduce Cabon Emissions in First Year of New Service, Agency Reports

From PCE: What does a year bring to San Mateo County? On the one year anniversary of Peninsula Clean Energy offering electric power, San Mateo County residents and businesses have substantially reduced their carbon emissions while saving millions of dollars.

Peninsula Clean Energy’s power is priced at 5% below PG&E’s rates for electric generation service, after accounting for PG&E’s additional fees. This means that a typical residential customer will save around $2 per month. After one year of full countywide operations, Peninsula Clean Energy expects to save electric customers about $17 million. The residents and businesses of Belmont specifically are projected to save about $296,000 and avoid about 19.7 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Residents, businesses and public institutions all automatically benefit from their share of savings. Large public agencies such as school districts will reap significant savings.

Peninsula Clean Energy launched in October 2016 and now serves almost every electricity account in San Mateo County, from homes to streetlights, to businesses large and small in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas. Peninsula Clean Energy provides power that is both less expensive and lower in greenhouse gas emissions than PG&E’s power, while partnering with PG&E to ensure reliable service and a single monthly bill.

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) customers also help protect the environment. PCE’s electricity is 80% greenhouse gas free, and its supply for 2016 came mostly from wind and hydropower. In recent months PCE has contracted for over 300 megawatts of new solar power to be built specifically for PCE customers. After one year of full countywide operations, PCE’s cleaner electricity is expected to avoid 680 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to avoiding the use of over 34 million gallons of gasoline. PCE’s goal is to increase its carbon-free supply by 5% each year, to become completely greenhouse gas free in 2021.

Since Peninsula Clean Energy is a non-profit, any excess revenues will be used to keep rates stable and invest in local energy programs. Those local programs will create local jobs in the energy sector, while further reducing carbon emissions. PCE is now working on program selection to determine the optimal programs to run. The programs will complement those offered by the San Mateo Energy Watch, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and PG&E.

“Our first year of operations surpassed our expectations” remarked PCE’s CEO Jan Pepper. “The prices of clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind power have continued to decline, and Peninsula Clean Energy has been able to contract for low-cost, long term supplies.”

“We are extremely pleased that Peninsula Clean Energy has substantially reduced San Mateo County’s carbon footprint while achieving real savings for our customers,” said County Supervisor Dave Pine, who serves as the Chair of PCE’s Board of Directors.

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Peninsula Clean Energy Electric Customers Reduce Cabon Emissions in First Year of New Service, Agency Reports, by Patch Staff, Patch, October 19, 2017.

Sonoma Clean Power Extends EV Incentive Program Due to Fires

Press Release 

Savings on Electric Cars + Free Home Chargers Extended through November 30th

(Santa Rosa, CA) Because of the recent fires that have affected Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Sonoma Clean Power has extended the date for their Drive EverGreen program, to provide customers more time to take advantage of the purchase credits, incentives and rebates.

As a follow up to last year’s Electric Vehicle Incentive pilot program, which saw 206 customers purchase or lease steeply discounted electric vehicles, phase two of Sonoma Clean Power’s Drive EverGreen program has been extended through November 30th.

As of October 23rd, this year’s program has seen 321 electric vehicles sold or leased to SCP customers.

“With so many vehicles lost as a result of the recent fires, we wanted to ensure our customers have more time to take advantage of opportunities to purchase clean, electric vehicles,” offered SCP’s Director of Programs, Cordel Stillman.

““If any customers have lost the home EV charger they received through our program as a result of the fires, SCP will replace the hardware and pay the sales tax; our business partner, eMotorWerks will pay the shipping costs. Customers are responsible for installation costs,” added Stillman.

Customers who have purchased an electric vehicle through the Drive EverGreen program within the last two months, and lost their vehicle in the fires, can contact SCP to request a duplicate Customer Certificate. This will enable the customer to purchase or lease another electric vehicle through the program.

In response to information that over half of Sonoma County’s emissions are transportation related, SCP felt compelled to develop a customer program aimed at getting more EVs on our roads. “In our first year of serving customers, we reduced electricity-related emissions by half, compared to PG&E,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “We knew we could do even more by promoting electric cars and charging them with clean, renewable energy.”

In keeping with SCP’s commitment to reducing emissions from cars, the agency has negotiated significant discounts on several models of electric vehicles at a variety of local dealerships. SCP is also offering additional incentives of their own, with a bonus incentive for low income-qualified customers, and free home chargers. Customers residing within the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District are eligible for additional rebates.

To apply, people need to get a certificate verifying they are SCP customers at DriveEV.orgOnce approved, customers learn the amount of incentives they are qualified for, and are welcome to proceed with negotiating a purchase or lease of a qualified EV from one of the participating dealerships.

Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit public agency, which is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP provides cleaner energy at competitive rates and promotes local solutions to climate change.

For more information on the Drive EverGreen program, visit or call 1 (855) 202-2139.


Peninsula Clean Energy’s CEO Jan Pepper Honored as Green Power Leader of the Year

REDWOOD CITY, California, October 24, 2017 – This week Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the 17th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, which are competitive awards that recognize organizations and individuals for outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. Peninsula Clean Energy’s CEO Jan Pepper was honored as Green Power Leader of the Year by CRS.

The Green Power Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding leadership by an individual who is leveraging his or her influence, power, position, or purchasing power to increase the prevalence of renewable energy. Evaluation criteria include: efforts and achievements of an individual,  contributions to building the green power market, and dedication to and vision for renewable energy.

“Working to make the world a better, cleaner, and more sustainable place for us and our children, through the use of renewable energy, has been extremely fulfilling and enjoyable,” said Pepper. “It is an honor to be recognized by this wonderful organization and to receive this award.”

The awards were presented at the Renewable Energy Markets 2017 conference in New York, NY. “This year’s winners are true leaders in helping expand access to renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin. “In selecting Jan, the evaluation committee was very impressed with her long record of success in helping to grow the renewable energy market.”

This year’s award recipients were selected for their commitment to increasing green power use, from installing green power on-site to innovative purchasing. The awardees were selected based on many criteria, including the size and scale of their green power use, leadership and innovation in purchasing and generating green power, internal and external communications efforts, as well as organizational strategy for investing in green power.

For more information about the 2017 Green Power Leadership Award winners, visit

Jan Pepper

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE is a public, locally controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.


About the Green Power Leadership Awards

The annual Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. By choosing green power instead of conventional electricity, consumers, businesses, and organizations can support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase energy security. The GPLAs are presented by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Learn more at




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Peninsula Clean Energy



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Center for Resource Solutions