Powering our community with 100% renewable electricity means that all electricity consumption in Sterling Ranch is met with electricity generated from renewable sources - mostly wind and solar. This type of electricity generation avoids the emission of harmful Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) that is characteristic of carbon-based electricity generation methods such as burning coal and natural gas.
The emission of GHGs like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) have been scientifically linked to global warming and its associated climate impacts, so mitigating the release of these gases into our atmosphere by opting for cleaner forms of electricity generation is essential for building a sustainable world.
Having a carbon neutral energy supply means that our community isn't only fully powered by clean electricity, but that we've also reduced our dependence on GHG emissions-heavy gas combustion for water and space heating. Switching from gas appliances to electric ones allows us to use our clean electricity supply to meet all of our community's energy needs!
Currently, Sterling Ranch is one tenth of the size that it'll be at full buildout in 2040. If current trends in community energy use continue as new homes are constructed, Sterling Ranch's greenhouse gas emissions are projected to multiply more than 6 times over as shown in Figure 1 above.
As we grow, we have an opportunity to use the cutting-edge technology tools available to our community to live out our value of stewardship and manage our environmental impact.