San Francisco Begins Quest for 100% Renewable Energy

December 7, 2010

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on December 7 announced a $250,000 grant was awarded by the Sidney Frank Foundation to help the city develop an implementation plan to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The study, to take place over the next 12 months, supports the city's carbon neutrality goal. The mayor also announced the creation of a Mayoral Task Force to advise the city on how best to achieve this goal. The group will be headed by the San Francisco Environment Department and will be made up of local renewable energy leaders, key stakeholders, and other city departments.

The announcement came as the city was completing the state's largest municipal solar installation, the Sunset Reservoir Solar Project. The project's nearly 24,000 solar panels are installed on top of the North Basin of the Sunset Reservoir. The new array generates up to 5 megawatts daily of clean energy. Over the 25-year lifetime of the project, the Sunset Reservoir will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 80,000 metric tons, while helping to satisfy the diverse clean energy needs of the city’s municipal buildings and facilities. See the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission press release.