Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective way possible without imposing unreasonable community mandates or compromising city operations.
Since 2007, through a variety of resolutions and policies, the city has made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint through energy efficiency and locally sited renewable photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and hydroelectric energy projects.
- lighting retrofits at 28 of the city's facilities
- LED street lights at 40 city intersections
- LEDs in every traffic light city-wide
- LED solar powered public lights in Frenchy's Park
- boiler upgrades at 5 city facilities
- a program that leveraged $1.2 mil in loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to Santa Fe homeowners
- leveraged funds to purchase the city's first compressed natural gas solid waste vehicle
- 2.7 MW of renewable energy at 5 different city facilities including PV and hydroelectric systems at:
Upcoming Projects / PV systems at:
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Compost Facility - 100 KW
- Genoveva Chavez Community Center - 600 KW
- Buckman Direct Diversion Project - additional MW
Nicholas Schiavo was appointed City Energy Specialist in 2007. Starting with energy audits of every city facility, Schiavo has documented a path forward to energy reduction. Since 2007, there has been a 7% reduction in energy use by city government.
Nick Schiavo can be reached by phone at (505) 955-6693 or by email.