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

In November 2014, the City of Santa Fe established a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, and as a result, the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission is developing a 25-year sustainability plan with the primary goals of improving the health and wellness of the community, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Areas of focus include:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Wastewater
  • Waste Management
  • Land Use & Management
  • Natural Environment & Wildlife
  • Food Security
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Affordable Housing
  • Social Equity

For more information about the plan, please visit: http://www.sustainablesantafe2040.com/

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