Hayward Receives Prestigous EPA Green Power Leadership Award

October 20, 2015

Council member Mendall accepting the EPA Green Power

The City of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility with an On-site Generation award at the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Arlington, Virginia on October 19, 2015.

Along with General Motors and New Belgium Brewing Company, Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility was among the three organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for on-site green power generation. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) or landfill gas. The City’s Water Pollution Control Facility is currently generating nearly 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from solar and biogas energy systems, which is enough green power to meet more than 100 percent of the facility’s electricity use. Excess energy, along with all of the solar energy (approximately 2.3 million kWh annually), is being credited to other City facilities.

The City of Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility currently ranks No. 20 (right above Google!) on EPA’s Top 30 On-site Generation list, which highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have achieved the highest annual on-site green power generation through July 6, 2015.