Published : Monday, February 26, 2018 | 7:45 PM
Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is offering both residential and commercial customers an opportunity to help bring more renewable energy to the city, and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
Residential customers can add $5 per month to their bill to purchase 200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy, or $10 a month for 400 kWh. They may also opt to go All Green by adding two and a half cents for every kWh of their monthly usage, according to PWP’s Green Power Option.
Commercial customers can either buy 1,000 kWh blocks of green power at $25 per block or go All Green by paying 2.5 cents per kWh of actual usage.
PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa said one of the goals established in the 2015 PWP Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was to support local renewable energy resources and community solar efforts. To help PWP determine the feasibility of a community solar system using local sources, PWP created outreach materials, provided information at city-supported events, and formed a community group to receive input.
The community group consisted of about 35 participants, including some who were part of the IRP process, early adopters of renewable energy, environmental advocates, local solar enthusiasts and solar vendors. PWP also solicited input through an online survey and received responses that were supportive of the idea of a solar community project. This information helped PWP identify essential characteristics that would encourage program participation.
Later, PWP determined that a community solar project, built in Pasadena and funded solely by program participants, would not be economically attractive enough to draw participants without shifting costs to non-participating customers. This led to its introduction to the Green Power Option, which offers customers the opportunity to purchase up to 100 percent of their energy use from renewables.
To learn more about PWP’s Green Power program, visit www.PWPweb.com/GreenPower.