Readers of this blog will know all about the 52.3kW solar project that Run on Sun just recently completed installing at Pasadena’s renowned Westridge School for Girls. Now that project has become the cover story in the Annual “Green Issue” of Pasadena Weekly.
Titled, “Solar Flair: New solar installation at Westridge School brings environmental lessons to life,” the piece features interviews with Westridge’s Head of School, Elizabeth McGregor, Facilities Manager Brian Williams, and three students who are part of the school’s environmental group known as the Green Guerrillas. The story reveals the school’s deep commitment to sustainability in everything from solar power to drought tolerant plants.
This first of what we hope will be many solar projects at Westridge really highlights the value of these projects for all schools, especially those in the Pasadena Water and Power service territory. Good rebates and a solar company that really understands your goals makes a solar power system installed by Run on Sun a “no-brainer.”
Part of its month-long series of articles on going Green, Cardine's piece looks specifically at how Pasadena has taken long strides toward turning itself into a truly Green City. Starting with its adoption of a "Green Action Plan" in 2006 - the same year that Run on Sun was founded - Pasadena is working hard to turn its good intentions into practical actions. For example, Pasadena has made major reductions in its own energy usage and is pushing to do much more.
From the article:
Since the Green Action Plan was established, the city has seen improvements on multiple levels, said Ursula Schmidt, the city’s sustainability affairs manager. In addition to increased water and energy conservation, renewable energy use and recycling, the city is also making headway in its green building program and in an effort to establish an alternative-fuel fleet.
Last year alone, Pasadena trimmed its peak power demand by 4.45 megawatts and saved enough energy to power 3,640 homes for one year. Officials now hope to see a citywide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 25 percent by 2030, along with an increase in the citywide use of green energy sources beyond recently adopted statewide standards. Last month, state lawmakers passed SBX1 2, a law requiring that 33 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2020. Pasadena is already pushing itself past that benchmark; last year the City Council adopted a comprehensive integrated resources plan that set a goal of 40 percent renewable energy use by 2020, according to Gurcharan Bawa, PWP assistant general manager.
Encouraging commercial and residential customers to Go Solar is a big part of the strategy to meet those goals. Caltech, one of the largest energy users in the City, has installed over 1.3 megawatts of solar power on its campus with more planned. Yet some customers have been reluctant to follow Caltech's lead. To get the installer's view, Cardine interviewed Jim Jenal and quoted him as he described the process of working with an installer to get a proposal and ultimately, an installed system.
Please check out the article online or pick up a print copy (which features a wonderful picture of Jim with that famous Solar Kid) and let us know what you think.
As Cardine concluded:
“This isn’t rocket science — it’s truly something normal, everyday people can understand and feel comfortable with,” Jenal said.
It just begins with a little knowledge and the commitment to make a difference.
We couldn't agree more!