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City of Philadelphia, PA
Location Philadelphia, PA
Organization Type Govt. (Local, Municipal)
Percentage Green Power 18.0%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Purchase Yes
Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2012
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Philadelphia's Greenworks Philadelphia plan pledges that 20 percent of the electricity used in Philadelphia will come from alternative energy sources. As America’s fifth largest city working toward becoming the greenest city in America, the City is purchasing renewable energy covering approximately 20 percent of the usage of the municipal government, or 127 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of renewable energy certificates (RECs). The City’s first City-owned solar array also came online in mid-2011, at the Southeast Water Pollution Control facility. This is a 250 kW Solar PV project produces approximately 300,000 kWh of solar power each year. In March of 2012, the City’s water and wastewater utility, the Philadelphia Water Department, installed a NovaThermal Energy geothermal unit, which uses sewage as a sustainable heat source for the plant, and is the first installation of its kind in the nation. This installation is expected to produce 675,000 kWh per year when it runs for a full heating season.

Over time, the City plans to move towards actively supporting more local renewable energy generation by using budgeted dollars for voluntary REC purchases from local renewable energy projects. While the dollars spent on voluntary RECs will be the same, the number of RECs the City will be able to purchase and retire will likely be less due to the higher cost of locally generated RECs. However, the City views this approach as valuable as it invests in job creation, reduced grid congestion, increased fuel source diversity, and reductions in carbon emissions from scope 2 (indirect) sources in the city and our region.

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