Oakland Named “Solar Champion” by Environment California

Organization Presents Award to Mayor Dellums

OAKLAND – Environment California awarded Mayor Ron Dellums and the City of Oakland with a “2009 Solar Champion” award for having one of the highest rankings for solar roofs and solar power installed in the state. According to Environment California, Oakland has more than 642 solar roofs and 7,007 kilowatts installed (or solar capacity).
“This award is a significant acknowledgement of the diligence and commitment Oakland has towards the goal of sustainability and energy efficiency,” said Mayor Dellums. “I commend the effort and results of the various businesses, residents, and city staff which have taken the lead to ensure that Oakland remains a statewide leader in this critical area.”

Oakland’s award comes after the release of Environment California Research & Policy Center’s latest report, California’s Solar Cities: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future, which analyzes the amount of solar power installed in California on a city by city basis.

Environment California will present the award in front of the Port of Oakland’s 756kW ground-mounted solar power system. The photovoltaic system, which delivers approximately 1 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy annually was deployed under a solar energy supply agreement with SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider.

“Way to go Oakland!” said Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California. “Hundreds of Oakland residents and businesses are investing in the Bay Area’s abundant sunshine to save money, create green jobs and solve problems like global warming.”

This is another example of Oakland’s leadership in the movement towards a cleaner and more sustainable environment. The Mayor also announced this week that Oakland was ranked as the 4th greenest city in the nation by the Natural Resources Defense Council on its “Smarter Cities” list and by Mother Nature Network on its list of the nation’s Top 10 Greenest Cities.

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