Tucson is exploring and using alternative and renewable energy technologies to power its operations.
The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is one of the new national standards in efficient building construction. As part of the LEED certification process, Tucson has to show the USGBC that it is taking steps to ensure that green energy and energy conservation principles are part of projects. All new City of Tucson buildings are required to be certified LEED Silver or above.
Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) is a program in which the City issues bonds to finance new solar installations. Tucson's commitment to solar power has earned it the status as a US Department of Energy Solar America City, which comes with a grant to finance even more solar sites.
For more about solar energy usage in Tucson, visit the Tucson City Solar Installations page.