Salesforce, a Fortune 500 company and cloud services provider, is the largest company to power its San Francisco headquarters with 100 percent renewable energy through CleanPowerSF as a “SuperGreen” company. Joining the program will enable Salesforce to save the emission of greenhouse gases equivalent to burning 1.8 million pounds of coal annually.
The CleanPowerSF is a non-profit community choice aggregation program. Residential and commercial customers can sign-up for the program at the “Green” level, which provides participants with 40 percent of their energy from renewable sources. For an extra 2-cents per kilowatt-hour for residential customers and 1.4-cents per kilowatt-hour for commercial customers, enrollees can upgrade to the “SuperGreen” level, which provides them with 100 percent renewable energy. Residential customers already enrolled in one of PG&E’s assistance programs are also eligible for CleanPowerSF, allowing them to see savings not offered through the utility’s programs.
"Salesforce believes that working towards 100 percent renewable energy across global operations is one of the most important things we can do to address the effects of climate change," said Suzanne DiBianca, Salesforce executive vice president, corporate relations and chief philanthropy officer. "By choosing SuperGreen, we hope to show that when cities and companies work together to reach shared climate goals the partnership has a unique ability to create positive impact that extends to the surrounding communities and ecosystems.”
CleanPowerSF allows the city to partner with utility PG&E to transmit energy generated at 19 solar installations owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at competitive rates. The program enrolled approximately 75,000 customers in 2016 and plans to sign-up around 250,000 eligible customers by 2019.
“San Francisco and its partners in the business community are continuing to prove that strong environmental and economic policies are not mutually exclusive,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee (D). “San Francisco will reach its goal of at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2020 through the help of pioneering companies such as Salesforce. We are proud they are embracing responsible energy plans through CleanPowerSF.”
San Francisco continues to make steps toward becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Under the leadership of Lee and former Mayor Gavin Newsom (D), the city has mandated that all new residential and commercial buildings constructed in the city have solar installations or solar hot water systems. Additionally, the city has proposed that all new buildings include electric vehicle (EV) chargers or have infrastructure for such chargers installed.Tweet