Renewable Energy

Golden Gate National Recreation Area uses 100% renewable electricity as of 2017, thanks to the combination of initiatives described below. Many of these programs are available to park employees and visitors as well.

Purchase or installation of renewable energy should always come after all efforts to improve energy efficiency and conservation. GGNRA has worked with our utility provider to attain energy efficiency rebates for projects such as lighting retrofits and efficient heating, and many of these rebates are available to residential customers as well.

Graph of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity between 2009 and 2017. Emissions trend downward, as GGNRA joins MCE Clean Energy and Alcatraz solar PV goes online in 2012 and further as GGNRA joins CleanPowerSF in 2016. Emissions are zero as of 2017.
Emissions from electricity are zero as of 2017.

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  • Electricity in Marin is provided by MCE Clean Energy. MCE provides 100% renewable energy, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, through their Deep Green program.
  • Electricity in San Francisco is purchased from CleanPowerSF. GGNRA participates in the SuperGreen program through CleanPowerSF, which provides renewable energy from wind and solar.
  • Electricity in the Presidio is purchased through the Presidio Trust. The Trust has a master meter for the Presidio and has purchased renewable energy credits that make the site 100% renewable.
  • Electricity on Alcatraz comes from a combination of solar photovoltaics and diesel generators. A solar microgrid system installed in 2012 provides up to 50% of the annual electrical demand on the island. The rest of the energy comes from diesel generators. The park concessioner Alcatraz Cruises purchases carbon offsets to compensate for the diesel usage.

For more information on rebates available to residential customers, please visit one of the clean energy providers below:

  • MCE Clean Energy: Serves Marin County, Napa County, unincorporated Contra Costa County, Benecia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Layfayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek
  • Sonoma Clean Power: Serves all of Sonoma County except Healdsburg
  • CleanPowerSF: Serves San Francisco County and City
  • Peninsula Clean Energy: Serves all of San Mateo County

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Last updated: September 10, 2018

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