Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Environmental Defense Fund Lauds S.A.'s Green Leadership

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM

click to enlarge The 40 MW Alamo is one of several solar farms in the San Antonio area. - OCI SOLAR
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  • The 40 MW Alamo is one of several solar farms in the San Antonio area.
For its 300th birthday, San Antonio's unwrapped plenty of national recognition, mostly for its fascinating history, lovely River Walk and great-n-greasy Tex-Mex fare.

Now, it's getting a big birthday kiss from the Environmental Defense Fund for playing a "powerful role" in tackling green issues. A new article on the watchdog group's website commends the Alamo City for pouring on the old-world charm while looking to a sustainable future.

Some of the praise shines from San Antonio's solar commitment. The city recently shot to No. 6 on the list of U.S. municipalities with the most solar power, and it grew its solar capacity by 37 percent last year.

What's more, the article says, it's led on water conservation and emerged as a pioneer on the "energy-water nexus," in which water and electrical utilities pair up to offer joint rebates and audits to contain consumption.

Also contributing is the city's willingness to address climate change. On top of passing a resolution supporting the Paris Climate Agreement's goals, officials last year started work on the municipality's first climate action and adaptation plan.

Who said the only thing green in San Antonio was the river water?

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