Yolo County Among Top Green Power Users in Nation

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Yolo County is one of the nation’s top green energy users. The Environmental Protection Agency ranked it number 14 on a list that includes some pretty big companies.

Yolo County generates 14 million kilowatt hours of green power from on-site solar arrays.

The EPA says that’s a big deal. In terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it’s the equivalent of taking nearly 2,000 cars off the road or reducing the emissions from the electricity use of 1,000 homes.

Terry Vernon with Yolo County General Services says the solar arrays generate enough green power to meet 152-percent of the county’s electrical use.

“We are bill crediting all of our Yolo County buildings where we zero out our electrical bill with that and then we are selling power to PG&E which generates revenue that further reduces our bill to zero,” says Vernon.

San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Portland Oregon were the only other local governments on the list of top green power users. Wal-Mart was number one.

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