SEEDZ Projects: Clean Energy
Increasing Access to Renewable Energy
Installation of distributed generation systems continues to expand in Silicon Valley. Cumulative installed solar capacity in the greater Silicon Valley area reached 189 megawatts (MW) in 2013, a 30 MW increase over 2012. Within the SEEDZ area, approximately 13 megawatts of energy is being produced from 18 distributed generation systems, primarily solar PV, fuel cells, landfill- and bio-gas-fed systems. This represents about 6% of the area’s peak power demand of approximately 200 megawatts.
Opportunities exist to greatly expand use and access to renewables in the SEEDZ area. For example, the area has 1,100 acres of commercial and industrial rooftop and parking lot space, capable of generating 100+ megawatts of solar power. Furthermore, opportunities exist to establish multi-megawatt, community-based renewable energy systems utilizing municipal property for solar and/or biogas energy production. These sites could potentially serve renewable energy subscribers across the community, that cannot otherwise deploy systems at their home or business. Such large-scale deployments serve to significantly reduce GHG emissions, and create a more sustainable and resilient energy network for the future.