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Goleta will power all city facilities with 100% renewable energy

Beginning in July, the City of Goleta will transition to 100% clean, renewable energy at all city facilities.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Goleta City Council unanimously approved this shift of power, made possible by the city’s community choice aggregator Central Coast Community Energy (3CE), a public agency that sources electricity at competitive prices from clean and renewable energy sources.

“The transition to 100% renewable energy is a significant step the city of Goleta is taking in the fight against climate change,” said Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte. “By powering our Community Center, library, town hall, streetlights and other facilities with solar and wind energy, we will reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and hope to inspire others to join us in this effort.”

Goleta is working as quickly as possible to meet the mandate of California Senate Bill 100, which requires that 100% of the state’s electricity needs be powered by renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045. The city’s goal is to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030, with an interim goal of powering municipal facilities with 50% renewable energy by 2025.

The solar and wind split will be about 50/50.

“Cities are on the front lines in the fight against climate change,” said Dana Murray, city manager for sustainability. “Cities like Goleta are also global leaders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through aggressive policies and the implementation of clean technologies.”

Goleta City Hall already uses solar power generated by the Monarch Solar Array, which was connected to the grid in August 2022. The system provides 84% ​​of the electricity used by City Hall, saving the city approximately $6,000 and avoiding approximately 75 metric tons of CO2 emissions in the first year of operation.

“The remainder of the city’s electricity consumption from all facilities and city-owned streetlights amounts to 245.6 metric tons of CO2 emitted,” the city said in its news release. “Shifting city electricity bills to… 100% clean, renewable energy would effectively reduce these carbon emissions to zero, reducing total city greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20 percent.”

The city encourages residents to take action by participating in the city’s Go Green Goleta initiative. To learn more, visit GoGreenGoleta.org.

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