Silicon Valley Power
The City of Santa Clara electric department was founded in 1896 when it installed 46 street lights powered by a direct current generator. From 1903 to 1980 the electric department only purchased wholesale energy.
In 1980 the Santa Clara electric department became an energy producing utility for the first time when it launched its own six megawatt cogeneration project, and in 1983 was the lead partner in a new 110-megawatt geothermal power plant. In 1998 the city's electric department was renamed Silicon Valley Power. Subsequent efforts to expand and diversify its electricity supply led to construction of the Donald Von Raesfeld combined cycle natural gas plant (2005), various partnerships in wind and hydroelectric generation sources, and partnership in the Lodi Energy Center combined cycle natural gas plant (2012).
According to a 2005 nationwide reliability benchmarking survey, Santa Clara's Silicon Valley Power placed first in several categories and second overall for power reliability in the nation.
As a result of its combination of locally produced and external energy sources and a diverse power source portfolio, the going rate for electricity in Santa Clara is considerably cheaper than that offered by Northern California's dominant utility, Pacific Gas and Electric.
SVP offers customers the option of selecting "Santa Clara Green Power", which is 100% renewable energy generated from wind and solar sources. SVP also offers rebates for customers who purchase Energy Star appliances or implement energy efficiency measures or retrofits.
- Silicon Valley Power
- rebates for residential customers
- Santa Clara Green Power
- Silicon Valley Power Generates Kilowatts and Revenues for Santa Clara