SDG&E’s Sustainable Communities Program Earns National Honors Reaches 1 Megawatt Milestone
October 2007 - Two national organizations recognized San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for its Sustainable Communities Program, which sponsors “green” building initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) acknowledged SDG&E’s efforts with its “Exemplary Program” award. According to Martin Kushler, Ph.D., director of ACEEE’s Utilities Program, “These programs are delivering energy savings that are critical in helping customers cope with today’s high energy costs, plus they make an important environmental contribution, because they help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.” SDG&E was also nationally recognized by the Solar Electric Power Association with its “Solar Business Award for Innovative Program Design” for leading efforts to make solar energy a mainstream electricity option. SDG&E’s star sustainable project, situated in Balboa Park near downtown San Diego, is the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center that boasts a 10,000-square-foot solar array on its roof. Since installation in April 2007, the solar system has generated more than 117,000 kW hours, or the daily energy consumption equivalent of 2,340 homes. By the end of 2008, projects currently part of the SDG&E Sustainable Communities Program will reach a 1 megawatt milestone—the equivalent clean energy needed to power 650 homes—for the San Diego region.
For more information on SDG&E’s Sustainable Communities Program, go to http://www.sdge.com/environment