Santa Clara

The Top 5 Municipal Users Of Renewable Power

The EPA's newest ranking of Green Power Communities is out - and Santa Clara, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, tops the list.

More than 163 million kilowatt-hours of Santa Clara's power usage came from renewable sources in 2009. That was about 6% of the total energy usage.

Here is the rest of the top 5:

  • Gresham, Ore., 125.8 million kWh, or 12% of total energy use;

  • Corvallis, Ore., 100.3 million kWh, 15%;

  • Bellingham, WA., 91.8 million kWh, 13%;

  • Beaverton, Ore., 71 million kWh, 5%.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.