San Francisco’s first neighborhood powered entirely by clean, renewable energy is planned for a 93-acre parcel at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard by a collaboration between San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Lennar BVHP.
Construction by Lennar BVHP of more than 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space is set to begin on the site under a plan in which the SFPUC will deliver reliable, 100 percent renewable and cost-competitive power through its extensive hydropower, solar and other renewable energy generation projects.
Initially, the Green Power Community at Hunters Point will be powered by the SFPUC’s extensive hydro and solar power portfolio. Under the plan, the SFPUC will ensure that rates charged to residents and businesses are the same or lower than current retail and commercial electric rates.
As new technologies, such as thin-film solar, fuel cell and tidal energy, become available commercially, this and other future Green Power Communities will be in line for power from these programs.
The SFPUC currently provides reliable, clean and reasonably priced power to many of San Francisco’s vital public services and facilities, more than 20,000 streetlights, a large municipal rooftop solar facility and projects in operation or in the works at a wastewater treatment plant, recycling facility and the airport.“San Franciscans already rely on the water and power we deliver every day,” said SFPUC general manager Susan Leal. “Our growing portfolio of clean hydropower, solar and other renewable energies allows us to continue powering the city’s vital municipal services and bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the new neighborhood at Hunters Point.”