East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) marked the commercial operation of the Scott Haggerty Wind Energy Center in Livermore, California. The wind farm is a re-powered source of clean energy for residents within its district that spans 14 cities and Alameda County.
The new facility represents a $20 million investment into Alameda County through tax revenue to support public services and will also sustain numerous clean energy jobs across operations and maintenance, following an initial output of more than 115,000 hours of union labor.
“The ribbon-cutting at Altamont today underscores what we can accomplish when community organizations have a voice in the development process of our clean energy choices,” said Corina Lopez, board vice-chair at EBCE and city council member for San Leandro. “We look forward to meeting our goal of providing all our customers with 100% clean energy by 2030, well ahead of California’s official 2045 target date.”
EBCE’s new project honors Scott Haggerty, a 20-year advocate for Alameda County, and replaces 569 100-kW turbines with 23 state-of-the-art environmentally and wildlife-friendly turbines.
“The re-powering of the Altamont wind project has greatly improved environmental impact while meeting the county’s need for clean, affordable wind power,” said Mehul Mehta, executive VP with Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company. “With this project, now the largest wind asset in Greenbacker’s portfolio, we look forward to partnering with EBCE to expand access to renewable energy for the communities and stakeholders within Alameda County for decades to come.”
The clean electricity created from the new turbines will serve as a primary supply source for EBCE’s Renewable 100 program, a power mix of wind and solar energy servicing about 100,000 customers.
“In just a few years, we’ve made great strides in bringing more affordable renewable energy and reinvesting our earnings back into the community to drive local green jobs, valuable programs and more clean power projects,” said Nick Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy.
News item from East Bay Community Energy
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