How Local Clean Energy Works

Gases from the burning of fossil fuels for power and transportation create a greenhouse effect. This is already causing global warming, changing our climate and raising our sea level.  Air pollution from these sources is also a serious public health problem.

On the other hand, producing electricity from renewable sources like sunlight and wind creates no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollution.  Sunlight and wind are unlimited and are free!  Power can even be generated on buildings or on vacant land, close to where it is used.  This strategy is called local clean energy or distributed generation.

Advantages of local clean energy:


Examples of local resources for energy production:


 Making Local Clean Energy  

In the example of a solar installation, your installer gets the needed permits and installs the system on your building’s roof.  You can pay to have your own system installed or contract with a company or agency which installs and owns the system.  The company can lease the system to you or simply bill you for the power that it produces.  

All steps of this process will be much easier if you are part of CleanPowerSF.

The free power you generate can be handled in one of two ways:

You may be able to sell excess electricity directly to your power company using a “feed-in tariff,” though this is currently complicated and limited with PG&E.  Under CleanPowerSF, you could potentially sell excess power at full market value!  This will provide a ton of incentive for more rapid solar installation in San Francisco.