By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) announced today that it has received a 2017 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented VVWRA with an award for Direct Project Engagement at the 2017 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in New York, New York on October 23, 2017.
Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for direct project engagement. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves through direct project engagement with on- and off-site projects using a variety of financing structures to access renewable energy certificate (REC)-based green power. VVWRA is currently generating nearly 7.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from biogas energy systems, which is enough green power to meet 74 percent of its electricity use. It is VVWRA’s goal to produce 100 percent of its power needs in the future and be a power exporter in the coming years.
“We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Logan Olds, VVWRA General Manager. “Installing green power on-site is a highly-visible demonstration of our commitment to help reduce air pollution and other emissions.”
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of those sources in the United States and advance the American green power market.
According to the EPA, VVWRA’s current green power use of nearly 7.5 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes annually.
In addition to generating green energy, VVWRA is a leading producer of recycled water. Millions of gallons of water are recycled every day at its plant in Victorville and returned to the Mojave River aquifer. Two additional water recycling facilities are being completed in Hesperia and Apple Valley. Each will be capable of producing one million gallons of recycled water per day to be used for irrigation at golf courses, parks and civic centers.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partners voluntarily using more than 43 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power
Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 19 recipients are using more than 13.4 billion kWh of green power—enough to power more than 1.2 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.