PWP's Green Power customers help fund local solar photovoltaic projects such as PWP's Windsor Reservoir Solar Project and the experimental solar canopy at the Lake Avenue metro station. Green Power revenues also help fund the purchase of net surplus energy generated from customer-owned solar photovoltaic systems installed on rooftops PWP anticipates procuring additional solar resources in the near future to help meet the electric needs of our Green Power customers.
Wind turns turbines or windmills to create electricity. Like solar, wind generated energy emits no air pollutants or greenhouse gases. Many of us have seen these "wind farms" near Palm Springs, Tehachapi, or east of San Francisco.
PWP procures the majority of power used for Green Power customers from our six megawatt share in the High Winds generation facility in Solano County in Northern California. The High Winds plant includes 81 Vestas V80 windmills, lining the ridgetops of the Montezuma Hills. Because of a creative arrangement with the supplier, Pasadena receives power on a continuous basis, The cities of Anaheim, Azusa, Colton, and Glendale are also participating in the project. These cities, including Pasadena, all operate electric utilities and are members of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Working through SCPPA, the cities jointly negotiated contracts for a total of 30 megawatts of the project output, which is a significant amount compared to their individual shares. By working together with its neighboring utilities, Pasadena now enjoys wind energy at a lower price based on a larger quantity, which means savings to Pasadena customers. With its 328-foot tall windmills capturing faster winds at higher elevations, the plant produces 150 megawatts of power. When it was constructed, it was the largest project of its kind in California.
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