Yahoo Buys Renewable Energy Credits for Solar and Wind

Santa Clara, California [] Yahoo! joined the Santa Clara Green Power renewable energy program by purchasing 804,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean renewable energy credits (RECs), derived from new wind and solar generation sources in California. It is equivalent to one-quarter the annual output of one large-scale wind turbine, preventing the annual release of more than 800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. The environmental benefit of a purchase this size is the same as planting 108 acres of forest or removing 70 cars from the road for one year. Santa Clara Green Power is a voluntary renewable energy program offered by Silicon Valley Power to all residential, commercial and industrial customers within Santa Clara as a way to support energy generated from 100% clean wind and solar power resources at a low additional cost of 1.5 cents per kWh. Yahoo! is now a member of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, entering a growing circle of large Santa Clara businesses that actively support renewable energy.

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