Zone 7 has taken many steps to improve cost-effective energy projects and programs to optimize our energy use portfolio, energy resiliency and reduce our carbon footprint.
In 2011, we installed solar power at our Del Valle Water Treatment Plant with a 20-year lease agreement, projected to save more than $800,000 in energy costs. More recently, in 2013, we worked to increase the use of alternative power and renewable energy through a Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority (PWRPA) project at our Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant. We are also planning PWRPA projects for the Mocho Groundwater Demineralization Plant and two nearby wells in our continued commitment to energy efficiency.
Per our 2020-2024 strategic plan, we are developing and implementing an energy strategy for the future. Key anticipated activities include:
- Develop a Zone 7 Water Agency energy master plan
- Evaluate and implement cost-effective energy-efficient systems and alternative energy solutions
- Conduct an energy assessment to identify ways to reduce energy use and/or reduce our carbon footprint
- Include discussions of the water/energy nexus in external communications
You can read more about our 24 strategic initiatives in our complete Zone 7 Strategic Plan.