Renewables

Wind

  • Large scale purchase of renewable wind power delivered to City of Houston facilities
  • COH has purchased 50 MW of wind power - 33% renewable
    • 7.5 cents per kWh
    • Over the next 5 years
  • Option to purchase an additional 30 MW (80MW total)
  • EPA ranks the City of Houston as the #1 municipal purchaser of renewable energy
    • Awarded the Green Power Leadership Award

Solar

  • A Solar America City; Houston joins local governments and communities around America to make solar energy a more viable option for their communities; the communities are using innovative approaches to remove market barriers to solar and encourage adoption of solar energy technologies at the local level
  • The City has implemented solar powered electronic parking meters and solar panels on City buildings.
  • Received $1.3 million SECO grant for 25 solar powered generators

 



Waste Reduction and Reuse Warehouse

  • 9003 North Main / Houston, TX 77022
  • Partnering with Living Paradigm
  • Opened Spring 2009
  • 220 tons of construction and demolition waste diverted in first year

Composting and Compostble Bags

  • Program began April 5, 2010
  • High compliance rate
  • Bag costs significantly decreased
  • Retailers who market the bags
    • Krogers, HEB, Target, Wal-Mart, Fiesta Markets, Ace Hardware
  • Anticipate diverting up to 60,000 tons/year; disposal savings of approximately $2 million