Residents, businesses and local governments within Sonoma County communities have made outstanding progress at the local level towards achieving electricity from renewable sources.
Many Sonoma County communities are leading the state in solar photovoltaic system installations. Here are just some of the rankings to be proud of, from the California Solar Cities 2012 report from Environment California Research & Policy Center:
Sonoma County communities have only just begun to capture the tremendous potential for local solar power generation. RCPA promotes the development and installation of renewable power in all forms including emerging technologies
Community Choice Aggregation is a program that allows one or more cities and/or counties to form a service area that purchases power for customers within that service area. Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) follows a Community Choice Aggregation model and is the new, locally controlled electricity provider in Sonoma County. SCP is a non-profit agency, independently run by the Sonoma County cities that have joined the program, including Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Windsor and Sebastopol, and the County, which represents unincorporated communities.
To develop Sonoma Clean Power, the Sonoma County Water Agency led a steering committee consisting of representatives from the cities of Sonoma County, the County, the Regional Climate Protection Authority, Climate Protection Campaign, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, Sierra Club, and private industry.
For more information on Sonoma Clean Power: http://www.sonomacleanpower.org
RCPA participated in a Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) project funded by the California Energy Commission. This collaborative project with the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Climate Protection Campaign, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, created data analysis tools to show renewable energy potential and identify future projects. Research conducted through RESCO helped to inform the creation of the governance structure for Sonoma Clean Power.