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Thursday, September 14, 2006

NEWS: San Francisco's First Green Power Community

Those of you who live in the southeast sector of the city, know that it's not too good of a neighborhood and have been hearing for sometime now about all the new development that will be taking place in order to revitalize that area.

Well I can tell you first hand I do know new housing, public and retail spaces are coming! Many of us have already seen the plans. But what I didn't know and just found out is that San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) General Manager Susan Leal announced a new initiative to partner with Lennar BVHP to create San Francisco’s first neighborhood powered entirely by clean, renewable energy! Above is a picture of the current power plant right in the neighborhood, that is so reviled by the residents!

(from press release my contact sent me)
The new “Green Power Community” would be on a 93-acre parcel at a site of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, where Lennar BVHP is about to begin construction of more than 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Under the plan, the SFPUC will deliver reliable, 100% renewable and cost-competitive power to new residents and businesses of the current and future developments through its extensive hydropower, solar and other renewable energy generation projects. “A new Green Power Community at Hunters Point is at the core of San Francisco’s clean energy vision and leadership,” said Mayor Newsom. “This partnership will bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to a community too long blighted by toxic industries and polluting power plants.”

The SFPUC has also been a leader in solar development, operating and maintaining the nation’s largest municipal rooftop solar facility in the nation at Moscone Convention Center.

“Green power is the way of the future, not just for Hunters Point, but for San Francisco,” said District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. “I am so proud to say that the Southeast Community is truly at the cutting edge of clean energy and environmental leadership for the Bay Area.” “Lennar BVHP has been committed to creating an environmentally friendly community at Hunters Point from the beginning,” said Kofi Bonner, President of Lennar Corporation, Northern California. “The possibility of a partnership with the City to provide green power directly to the community’s residents and businesses will help make this new Hunters Point community an environmental showcase for the nation.”


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