SunPower has been working closely with community members and local organizations in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. to raise awareness about solar power and gain support for SunPower’s proposed 250-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) project. CVSR will likely begin construction later this year and, upon completion, will generate enough energy to power 100,000 homes, equivalent to almost every home in San Luis Obispo County.
To learn more about the California Valley Solar Ranch, check out the project’s website: http://www.californiavalleysolarranch.com/.
Our local efforts include working with community groups that embrace the adoption of renewable energy sources. These groups are excited by the benefits of the CVSR, including decreased reliance on fossil fuels, reliable and renewable peak power supply, local job creation and added economic stimulus. They’ve also collaborated with SunPower to ensure the project minimizes impact to the local species and habitat. We’re very pleased to have support from local citizens, elected officials, SLO Green Build, local Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO, the Union of Concerned Scientists and several local labor unions. These groups will play a vital role in making the California Valley Solar Ranch a reality.
Perhaps our most endearing allies in this effort are the students at Oceano Elementary School in Oceano, Calif. The students in Jim DeCecco’s 5th grade class have learned about solar technology, the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions and the value of switching to local, renewable sources of power. Several students expressed their enthusiasm for the California Valley Solar Ranch by writing letters of support. We’re very thankful for their support for this project, and more importantly, we’re thrilled by their interest in the energy future of their local community. As a sign of appreciation for all their support, SunPower presented the class with a solar-powered charger to power the electronics in their classroom. Below is a picture of this great group of young solar enthusiasts and a copy of one of their letters of support.
Oceano Elementary's 5th grade class gives solar a big thumbs up.
Oceano Elementary students built solar home dioramas.
A letter of support from an Oceano Elementary student.