City of Hayward again named a top on-site generator of renewable energy

September 27, 2022

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Hayward has made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 30 List for on-site generators of renewable energy, coming in at #27 out of more than 1,700 participating public and private entities in the agency’s Green Power Partnership.

This year, Apple, The Procter & Gamble Company, and State of California topped the list in first, second, and third place. The County of Santa Clara was the only other Bay Area local government to make the list at #15.

Since first appearing on the list at #30 in 2015, Hayward has continued to climb the rankings as on-site renewable energy infrastructure has expanded throughout the city. Most of the on-site generation occurs at Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), where a combination of solar panels and biogas collection provides electricity to City facilities. In total, the WPCF’s on-site generation powers more than 60 percent of the City’s municipal electricity needs.

Renewable energy generation is a key element of Hayward’s plan to cut community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Achieving this will help put Hayward on course to meet the State’s goal to reach carbon-neutrality by 2045. For more information about Hayward’s emission reduction goals, click here.