2019 Past Award Winners
2019 Past Award Winners
Green Power Leadership Award Winners
Partner of the Year
Sustained Excellence in Green Power Use
Excellence in Green Power Use
- Bank of America
- The City of Dallas
- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
- Kohler Co.
- Northampton Community College
- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Direct Project Engagement
- Blue Lake Rancheria
- Equinix Inc
- General Motors LLC
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kaiser Permanente
- Microsoft Corporation
- Santa Clara County
Green Power Community
Partner of the Year
Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that creates and provides Internet-related services and products. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Google is currently #1 on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 Partner rankings list. They are a longstanding Green Power Partner, and have been recognized five times previously. This year, Google LLC received a 2019 Partner of the Year award for:
- Collaborating with industry peers and the state of Georgia on the approval of a new program to allow large purchasers to buy green power directly through Georgia Power. Through this program, Google will procure 78.8 megawatts (MW) of solar energy for their Douglas County, Georgia data center.
- Partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to bring new wind and solar projects onto TVA’s electrical grid. Google committed to purchasing the output of several of these solar farms, totaling 413 MW from 1.6 million panels.
- As of December 2017, signing 26 long-term agreements totaling nearly 3 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar energy that is new to the grid around the world.
- Increasing their green power usage by 3.5 billion kWh in 2018
- Committing to invest nearly $2.5 billion in renewable energy projects, supporting a total capacity of 3.7 GW.
Sustained Excellence in Green Power Use
Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and a leader in the semiconductor industry that is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. They have a 2020 goal to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 10% on a per-unit basis from 2010 levels, while expanding manufacturing capacity; they are on track to achieve this goal. Intel has been a Green Power Partner since 2004 and has been recognized many times previously for their leadership in the green power market. Intel is currently #3 on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 Partner rankings list. Intel Corporation received the 2019 Sustained Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Using more than 3.8 billion kWh of green power annually in the U.S. supplied by a diverse portfolio including on-site projects, utility programs, and Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from a spectrum of technologies, including solar, wind, geo-thermal and low-impact hydro.
- Purchasing 100% green power for its U.S. operations since 2013. In total, Intel has purchased more than 30 billion kWh of green power since 2008 in the US. Intel is also purchasing 100% of its electric use as green power in Ireland/ EMEA locations and 50% in Israel.
- Installed more than 100 on-site projects, including a 7.8 megawatt (MW) solar carport at its Folsom campus, A 7.7 MW solar car port at the Chandler Ocotillo Campus, a 60 unit micro wind turbine array at its Santa Clara headquarters, and over 150 EV charging stations at nine different office locations nationally. Intel’s portfolio of green power includes more than 20 different technology applications in more than a dozen states and countries.
- Implementing a robust communication strategy to advance green power adoption with internal and external audiences, including engagement in cross-sectoral collaborations and promoting their numerous EPA Green Power Partnership awards and industry recognitions via press releases, social media channels, and their corporate website CSR hub. Intel continues to sponsor lunch events for employees to understand the strategies, goals and efforts and invite participation.
Excellence in Green Power
Bank of America is a global financial institutions seeking to make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. Bank of America has been an EPA Green Power Partner since 2017 and is currently ranked sixth on the EPA's Green Power Partnership National Top 100. Bank of America is receiving a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Increasing its green power purchases from 69% in 2016 to 99% in 2018, more than a 40% increase in only two years. In 2018, Bank of America procured over 1.7 billion kWh of renewable electricity.
- Purchasing from a portfolio of green power supplies including 354,000 kWh of on-site solar and 1,717 billion kWh of retail RECs.
- In partnership with Juhl Energy and 3 Degrees, contracting for long-term RECs from the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the U.S. This project is located in an underserved community and provides discounts on electricity to the local coop members.
- Entering into two long-term REC purchase agreements. The first includes two wind projects in Texas, of which the bank is the tax equity owner. The second deal supports two new solar projects in South Carolina. These projects include creating pollinator habitats and cover the banks electricity load in the state.
- Installing solar panels on more than 60 bank locations, including Financial Centers, ATMs, and offices over the next three years and beyond. This program is expected to generate more than 25 megawatts of renewable electricity.
- In 2016, Bank of America set a new environmental operations goals plans to become carbon neutral and purchase 100% renewable electricity, reduce their location-based greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, and water use by 45% in its operations across the globe by 2020.
Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and within the 7th largest metropolitan area in the USA. City of Dallas has partnered with the Green Power Partnership since 2007 and is committed long term to continue using renewable energy. The City of Dallas is the second largest local government user of green power on EPA’s Green Power Partnership Top 30 Local Government’s list. The City of Dallas is receiving a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Sustained growth in renewable energy use - the City began using 40% in 2008, increased to 50% in 2015, and in since 2017 the City has used 100% renewable (wind and solar) energy through its retail electricity service contract with TXU Energy. This represented 745 million kWh of green power in 2018.
- City Council adoption of an official Green Energy Policy that formalized its commitment to the use of 100% renewable energy and support for future on- and off-site renewable energy development.
- Diverse communication activities including a website (greendallas.net) and blog that communicate its various green power and initiatives supporting the development of a Comprehensive Climate and Environmental Action Plan underway.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the primary international airport serving the North Texas region and is the largest hub for American Airlines. DFW welcomes more than 69 million customers along their journey every year, making it one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. In 2019, DFW Airport earned the prestigious Airport of the Year award from Air Transport World. DFW is the first airport in North America and the largest in the world to achieve “Carbon Neutrality,” the highest level of certification available to airports in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. DFW has been a Green Power Partner since 2009. DFW is receiving a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport now uses 100% green power. Most of its green power is via a competitive supply from Texas General Land Office with a 215,000 kWh generated from on-site solar.
- Since 2010, DFW has achieved a 27% reduction in electricity costs as well as an 83% reduction in carbon emissions on a per passenger basis, even while total passengers at the airport increased by 22% over the same period.
- Implementing social media and outreach campaigns highlighting the airport’s commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality to the public, resulting in 2,404 engagements and 319,756 impressions.
Kohler Co., founded in 1873, is a privately held American manufacturing company based in Kohler, WI. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier cabinetry and tile; hospitality and golf resort destinations; with more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide. Kohler is receiving a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- A large financial PPA with Enel Green Power’s Diamond Vista Wind LLC for 425,149,000 kWh of green power which covers 100% of their electrical load.
- Kohler's sustainability team kicked off its robust communications strategy promoting Kohler’s broad sustainable efforts and successes.
Northampton Community College (NCC), located in Bethlehem, PA, serves more than 30,000 students a year in credit and non-credit programs. Northampton Community College has been a Green Power Partner since 2014. Northampton Community College received a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Increasing their green power purchase by 82% in the past two years, to a total of 86% (as of June 2019 we have increased to 100% renewable), and one of the country’s largest community college consumers of green power.
- Owning and operating an on-site PV system and wind turbine at their Monroe Campus, which together provide 40% of the campus’s electricity needs, and which NCC integrates into their curriculum, creating experiential learning experiences in building and erecting green power systems.
- Communicating effectively with students, staff, alumni, local communities, state officials, and federal officials about the benefits of green power.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (“Samsung”) is a global technology company; several Samsung companies, based in the United States, have been Green Power Partners since 2010. Currently, Samsung ranks #8 on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list.
Samsung received the 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Purchasing from a portfolio of green power supply options including 1.2 Billion kWh of Texas wind RECs and a 968 MWh new roof-top solar array in San Jose, CA.
- Actively communicating its green power use and Green Power Partnership to all stakeholders through the company's website, annual sustainability reports, and several press releases.
Switch is a global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for elite colocation, enterprise hybrid cloud, and connectivity solutions. Since January 1, 2016, all of Switch’s SUPERNAP data centers were powered by 100% renewable energy. Switch became a Green Power Partner in 2018. Switch is receiving a 2019 Excellence in Green Power award for:
- Working with NV Energy to create Nevada’s first green tariff in 2015 to allow businesses to purchase renewable energy through the utility
- In 2017, Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MW were fully commissioned.
- In 2018, Switch worked with Consumers Energy to develop a green tariff in Michigan with the operation of Cross Winds Energy Park II which generates 44 MW of renewable energy from which they receive 12,569,219 kWh of green power annually.
Direct Project Engagement
The Blue Lake Rancheria is a tribal government and community in Humboldt County, California, federally recognized in 1908, within the aboriginal territory of the Wiyot people. The Tribe has government operations, economic enterprises (event center, hotel, casino, three restaurants), a resilience training and innovation campus (open 2022), a community park, and critical infrastructure that serve the tribal community and larger region and host over 2,000 visitors a day. Blue Lake Rancheria has been a Green Power Partner since 2017 and received a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Powering their community activities through onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) with battery storage in a community microgrid—combining the use of established and emerging technologies-- to provide 23% of their electricity from green power.
- Cultivating strong public-private partnerships to develop green power and related local expertise, thus achieving cost savings, economic growth, and carbon reductions of approximately 195 tons per year.
- Regularly conducting tours of their microgrid and presenting on strategies for transitions to green power at conferences across the U.S. to help advance understanding of green power markets.
Equinix, Inc. is a, U.S. headquartered, global data center and interconnection REIT that operates more than 200 data centers spanning across 24 countries on five continents. With environmental sustainability as a key corporate objective, Equinix has made a firm commitment to reach 100% clean and renewable energy across their global platform and is transforming their energy supply and decoupling their carbon footprint from their growth. In 2015 the company became a Green Power Partner and has received two previous Green Power Leadership Awards. They are currently #4 on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 Partner rankings list. Equinix received a Direct Project Engagement award in 2019 for:
- Reaching 100% green power use across all U.S. sites and offices in 2018, with a total of 2,200 GWh procured, representing a 46% increase over 2017 volume.
- Generating half of their green power use (approximately 225 MW), under long-term Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) contracts, which delivered new wind power to the grid in the middle of the country.
- The remainder of Equinix’s U.S. renewables procurement comes from a mix of Green-e wind RECs and community choice aggregation or utility-green tariff programs.
- Taking an active approach to communication and transparency and documenting their sustainability progress in their annual Corporate Sustainability Report.
General Motors LLC (GM) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services. GM is an organization-wide EPA partner and is currently # 6 on EPA’s Green Power Partnership Top 30 On-site generation list, # 14 on EPA’s list of Green Power Partners from the Fortune 500®, and is ranked # 29 on EPA’s National Top 100 List of the largest green power users. GM is the only automotive company on this list. It also ranks GM has previously been recognized for its landfill gas on-site generation project at its Orion, Michigan assembly plant and received a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Helping to develop a diverse green power supply portfolio in 2018 including:
- 3 new VPPAs totaling 255 million kWh in green power.
- Executing the first green tariff in Michigan with Consumers Energy.
- Meeting its original renewable energy goal of 125MW.
- Setting a new goal to become 100% supplied by renewables by 2050 as an early signatory of RE100, a collaborative global initiative uniting influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.
Johnson & Johnson is the largest healthcare company in the world with over 135,100 employees with more than 260 operating companies conducting business in virtually all countries of the world. As part of a science-based goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, Johnson & Johnson has committed to consuming 35% of its electricity from renewable sources globally by 2020, and 100% by 2050. Currently more than 65% of their power in the U.S. comes from green power, with a baseload of 655 million kWh/year. Johnson & Johnson is a founding Green Power Partner and have been recognized six times in the past for their engagement in the green power market. Johnson & Johnson received a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Investing in on-site generation at its facilities and acquiring off-site renewable energy, including a virtual power purchase agreement for 100 MW of wind energy in Texas
- Worked with a public utility to execute a green tariff for their Georgia manufacturing facility
- Investments in on-site renewable energy at its facilities worldwide and generation of nearly 18 million kWh’s of electricity from 23 on-site solar arrays at its United States facilities
Kaiser Permanente (KP) is the largest integrated health provider in the country, providing quality, affordable health care to its 12.3 million members across the country. The organization operates more than 1,000 hospitals, medical and administrative office buildings, data centers, and other facilities. As part of a commitment to being 100% carbon neutral (both Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2020, Kaiser Permanente has been a Green Power Partner since 2013 and has been recognized twice for their green power engagement. Kaiser Permanente received a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Building 153 MW of new, utility-scale wind (43 MW) and 131 MW solar/110 MW battery storage capacity in California that delivers almost 500 million kWh annually.
- Contracting with utility green tariff programs for 43 million kWh of green power in Washington State and Colorado.
- Deploying more than 35 MW of on-site solar arrays at more than 50 sites across California, Hawaii, Colorado and Oregon.
- Creating the first microgrid at a hospital in California, combining large-scale solar and storage within a microgrid at the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.
- Partnering with a commercial bank to create a special purpose company that leverages incentives and low capital costs to decrease costs for solar projects.
Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, is one of the world’s largest technology and software companies. As part of its commitment to operating sustainably, Microsoft has been powered by 100% renewable electricity since 2014 by purchasing more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Microsoft’s global operations have been 100 percent carbon neutral since June 2012. Microsoft’s green power purchasing is driven by corporate goals for carbon neutrality and greener datacenters. Microsoft has been a Green Power Partner since 2012 and has received numerous awards for their green power leadership. Microsoft is receiving a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Increased purchases of green power by 780 million kWh since their last award. Microsoft’s diverse portfolio of green power supplies, including
- Proxy generation PPA and Volume Firming Agreements from the 178-MW Bloom Wind project in Kansas
- Wind power contracts of 237 MW, 110 MW, and 175MW to power data centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, San Antonio, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, respectively. These contracts bring Microsoft’s total U.S. wind energy project investments to more than 500 MW.
- On-site solar of 400,000 kWh annually
- Microsoft’s green power purchases are funded through an internal sustainability fee model. Since the program began six years ago, Microsoft has purchased more than 28.7 million MWh of green power.
Located in Northern California’s Bay Area, Santa Clara County, the sixth-largest county in California by population, is committed to using green power and to accelerating green power adoption by the public sector and the community. Santa Clara County has been a Green Power Partner since 2013. They received a 2019 Direct Project Engagement award for:
- Completing construction of the “Renewables for Revenue Project,” which consists of five solar farms with a combined capacity of 10.8 MWs and one 440 kW on-site solar system, which generates approximately 19 million kWh annually.
- Helping to form the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), which offers 100% carbon-free and renewable power to thirteen communities in the South Bay. Thus far, Santa Clara County has enrolled 51 million kilowatt-hours, or 38% of its own facilities’ total electrical usage, in SVCE service.
Green Power Community
Lancaster is a city in northern Los Angeles County. Situated in the high-desert region of the Mojave Desert’s Antelope Valley, where there is plenty of sunlight and open space, Lancaster leverages these resources to bring widespread solar energy benefits to its community of 160,000 residents and abroad. Lancaster became an EPA Local Government Green Power Partner in 2016 and received a 2019 Green Power Community award for:
- Becoming the first city in California to pass an ordinance requiring solar on all new residential developments in 2013.
- Expanding its solar reach by approving the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) ordinance in 2017 requiring that all new homes are built to net zero standard three years before the State’s net zero mandate is enacted.
- Creating its own utility, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), in 2014. LCE was the first municipal CCA in California. Saving customers over $1 million on their generation costs in the first three years of LCE’s operation.
- Signing a twenty-year PPA with sPower to build a utility-scale solar power project within city limits, which added 10 MW of green power to LCE’S green energy portfolio.
- Partnering with local school districts to bring solar panels to all 25 school sites, effectively reducing district costs and supporting a greener energy grid.
- Issuing 6,339 single family solar permits by March 2019. As a community Lancaster has 526 MW of solar in operational development and more planned.
- By 2017, becoming the first net-zero city in the nation and developing more green power than it consumes.