July 2013 - The city council of Palo Alto, CA, has voted to use 100% renewable electricity throughout the city. Seventy percent of the power will be sourced from renewable resources including hydro-electric, wind, solar, and landfill gas, while the remaining 30% is accounted for through the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). The city plans to receive 100% of its energy from renewable resources by 2017. This plan is being fueled by recent contracts under which the city has agreed to purchase 182,500 MWh of solar power. The city estimates that its switch to 100% renewable resources will cost residents less than $3/year.
Press Release -
Council Approves Major Renewable Solar Electric Purchase Agreements
News Article -
Palo Alto switches to 100% renewables at a cost of $3 a year