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Companies Combine Efforts to Energize Local Businesses
[ St Louis, MO ] November 8, 2013:
The City of Webster Groves is on a mission: to derive three percent of its city-wide energy consumption from green energy by May 2014. By doing so, it will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases by 9.7 million pounds, or the environmental equivalent of taking 865 cars off the road each year.
“We’re a city that values sustainability, and values green living,” Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch said. “We’re also very proud of our Sustainability Commission.” Mayor Welch urged residents at a recent kickoff event to enroll in Ameren Missouri’s Pure Power program and help the City achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Community status. Straub’s Market, which has joined the Green Power Challenge, hosted the event together with the City and the Green Power Community Team.
“We are excited to be a partner with Webster Groves in the Green Power Challenge,” said J.W. “Trip” Straub III, CEO of Straub’s Markets.
Green energy comes from resources that are replenished continually, such as sunlight, wind, tides, or waves, and do not create carbon emissions. Webster’s Challenge represents a joint effort with Ameren Missouri Pure Power and St. Louis-based Microgrid Solar to encourage local businesses and homeowners to make a commitment to green power through either the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), or the installation of solar power. The City’s Sustainability Commission will team with Ameren Missouri Pure Power and Microgrid Solar to educate the community about green power, promoting community pride and engagement in conservation efforts.
“Many in Webster Groves already have joined this effort. They include numerous residents such as the Smith’s Active House, Big Sky Cafe, Brightergy Solar, The College School, SWT Design, Verde Kids, Webster Groves School District and Webster University,” said Kathleen Engel, Partnership Manager for Ameren Missouri Pure Power. The current participants have contributed to the city’s reduction of carbon emissions by 5.7 million pounds, or about 58 percent of the City’s goal.
“The EPA recognizes communities that go above and beyond in supporting green energy and when Webster Groves achieves the goal, they will be the third community in Missouri to have earned this designation,” Engel said. “To put it in perspective, there are only about 50 communities across the nation that have become Green Power Communities.”
To participate, residents and businesses are urged to install solar or purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match their electricity with green power. A REC represents the environmental attributes and avoided emissions of the production of one megawatt-hour of green energy.
Keep an eye out for representatives of the Pure Power Team, who are going door-to-door to discuss the program. For more information, visit www.mogpc.com/webstergroves or contact Engel at KEngel@3degreesinc.com.
About Microgrid Solar
Microgrid Solar is a leading Midwest solar installer, based in St. Louis, MO, offering turnkey solar services for both commercial and residential clients. Microgrid has installed over 400 solar projects in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Business Journal named Microgrid to the Who’s Who in Energy in 2012 and the Heroes of the Planet in 2011. More information at microgrid-solar.com