Climate in Sacramento / Solutions

This page is about how people in Sacramento are solving the climate situation with carbon-free local energy.

The biggest and best way to make climate change far less bad is to energize things with electricity – made from stuff that does not heat the atmosphere.

1. Local Energy Solutions in Sacramento: Buildings

1.1 Kings Arena has the most powerful solar roof in Sacramento.

2. Local Energy Solutions in Sacramento: Vehicles

2.1 Here’s the latest news on electric vehicles in Sacramento.

1. Local Energy Solutions in Sacramento: Buildings

1.1 The Kings are sporting the most powerful solar roof in Sacramento.

An aerial view of Golden One Center, where the Sacramento Kings play. The rooftop is a vast geometric pattern of dark blue solar panels. Photo.

A major sports franchise in Sacramento is showing how a team can take a big chunk out of its hometown’s carbon emissions. The Sacramento Kings’ new solar rooftop makes enough electricity for 100% of the sports arena’s energy needs. This is equivalent to about 600 average-size homes. The rooftop solar farm, along with ultra-efficiency and hi-techness of the venue, keeps 9 tons of carbon from soiling the air each day. (Carbon in the form of methane gas, which the local electric utility burns to heat water to make steam which drives generators that make the electricity that energizes the arena.)

Vivek Ranadivé, owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings says “We believe sports teams have … the responsibility to drive meaningful change in their communities. Our hope is that basketball fans, Sacramento businesses, and communities around the world will be inspired by this.

Arena site: Golden1Center.com/news/detail/golden-1-center-solar-days

2. Local Energy Solutions in Sacramento: Vehicles

2.1 Here’s the latest news on electric vehicles in Sacramento.

A busy-looking woman fueling her car with electricity at a fast-charge station. Photo.

Sacramento school kids have been riding around in 3 brand new electric busses since 2018. Sacramento’s suburbs have over 17 electric school busses buzzing around.

Electric charging station company EVgo will be installing 6 public-use charge stations across Sacramento in 2020. The newer generation technology of electric chargers gives drivers a range of 240-miles from a battery charge that takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Volkswagen is building and operating a network of 75 vehicles chargers throughout Sacramento. The charge stations will be available to the public by mid-2020. Volkswagen is confident that many of those vehicles will be the car company’s new line-up (2019) of electric vehicles, which include a sedan, a crossover, a hatchback, and the 360 horsepower “Buzz” retro microbus.

Company site: motor1.com/features/346407/volkswagen-id-price-on-sale/4058205/

City site: cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Electric-Vehicle-Initiatives