SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will soon supply 100 percent green power to a neighborhood that is now under construction. Under an agreement approved in December, the SFPUC and Lennar BVHP, the site developer, will create a "Green Public Power Community" on a 93-acre parcel located at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

The neighborhood will include more than 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Initially, the SFPUC will supply solar and hydroelectric power to the community, but as new technologies become available, this and other future green power communities will be first in line for other green power sources.

Under the new agreement, SFPUC will procure and provide energy services to the community and ensure that rates charged to residents and businesses in the new neighborhood are the same or lower than current retail and commercial electric rates. As part of the agreement, Lennar BVHP will contribute $2 million towards the cost of providing renewable energy to customers in the new neighborhood. The Lennar funds could possibly be allocated towards the construction of rooftop solar facilities within the development.

Publication date: 01/01/2007