Renewable energy comes from sources that, unlike fossil fuels, cannot be depleted over time. These energy sources are usually far less polluting than their conventional counterparts, as is the case with solar energy, our locally abundant energy source.
The City recently approved a contract with DPW Solar to install solar carport structures at the new Convention Center. When the new Museum of Nature and Science (located downtown in the old bank building) is complete, it will have a solar photovoltaic system and building integrated wind turbines. Both of these projects where funded with federal stimulus dollars. We are currently investigating ways to finance solar projects on a number of other City buildings, such as the new Regional Aquatic Center.
City Hall (certified LEED Silver building) harnesses geothermal energy by using the ground below the parking garage as a heat sink or source, depending on the season. In the summer, fluid is circulated through underground pipes where it is cooled by the earth. The cooled liquid is used to pre-cool incoming air before it is run through the air conditioners, which saves electricity. In the winter, when the ground is often warmer than the air, its heat is transferred to the building in the same way.
Homeowners or businesses interested in installing solar panels on their property can find information on the various incentives available from state and federal government, and the local utility by clicking here. If you can’t install a renewable energy system, you can still support clean energy by participating in El Paso Electric’s Voluntary Renewable Energy Program