Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Photo of solar panels at Transit DivisionOverview

Since 2007, a variety of sustainability programs and projects have been pursued by the city, including:

Energy Efficiency

  • Lighting retrofits completed at 26 City buildings
  • HVAC & Building Controls Upgrades
  • Building Envelope Upgrades
  • Boiler upgrades at 5 City facilities
  • Eleven compressed natural gas solid waste vehicles purchased
  • Three electric vehicles leased for Water Division
  • Transit system runs on CNG

Renewable Energy

Approximately 4.8 megawatts (MW) installed at 10 city facilities, representing 25% of energy use.

  • Buckman Direct Diversion Project: 1 MW solar system, and 1.5 MW system at Booster 2A
  • Transit Division: 165 kW solar system
  • Community Convention Center: 91 kW solar system
  • Fire Station #3: solar thermal for heating water and solar system
  • Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant: 100 kW hydroelectric plant
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant: 1.1 MW solar system, and 100 kW system at the Compost Facility
  • Water Division Administration Building: 81 kW solar system
  • Genoveva Chavez Community Center: 600 kW solar system

Future Facility Initiatives

  • Energy performance contracting for facility equipment upgrades
  • LED streetlights
  • Combined heat and power system at wastewater treatment facility
  • Increase use of city electric vehicles and reduction of gasoline fleet
  • Increased recycling and waste reduction programs to achieve zero waste

25-Year Sustainability Plan

On October 10th, 2018, the City Council and the Governing Body of Santa Fe adopted a 25-year plan that provides a roadmap towards a sustainable future for the City of Santa Fe. You can read more, and download the full plan, on the Sustainable Santa Fe main page.

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