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U.S. EPA Honors 2015 Green Power Leader in Arizona
(10/20/15) SAN FRANCISCO - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The Tucson Unified School District was among 25 businesses and organizations across 13 states that were recognized for their achievements in advancing the nation's renewable energy market.
"We commend the Tucson Unified School District for helping expand the use of the zero carbon market," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "Green power is an affordable investment that provides reliable energy while fighting global warming."
The 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards were presented today at the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Arlington, VA. The Tucson Unified School District was a winner in the following category:
Green Power Partner of the Year
The Tucson Unified School District installed one of the largest on-site solar generation projects at a K-12 school system in the nation. The project placed solar arrays at 43 sites across the district, with a total installed capacity of more than 11 megawatts. Collectively, the solar arrays produce nearly 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power per year, which represents about 20 percent of the district's annual electricity use.
EPA defines green power as electricity that is generated from renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydroelectric sources. Green power does not produce fossil fuel-based greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.
The awardees were selected based upon multiple criteria, including the size and scale of their green power commitment, leadership in purchasing and generating, internal and external communications efforts, as well as organizational strategy for investing in green power.
For more on the 2015 Green Power Leadership award winners, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/winners.htm