Fremont Continues to ‘Go Green’ with City Infrastructure Projects

Over the past year, the City of Fremont has been busy approving and implementing climate action initiatives to reduce the City’s carbon footprint, conserve valuable resources, and reduce operational costs. New and continuing sustainability projects include:

  • The installation of over 15,000 LED streetlights and park lights, high-efficiency facility lighting and plumbing fixtures, weather-based irrigation controls for City parks, and energy conserving pumps at Aqua Adventure Waterpark. At project completion, the City will save 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 8.7 million gallons of water, and 12,000 therms of gas annually. The project will also reduce the City’s greenhouse gas footprint by 976 tons of carbon.
  • The installation of eight dual-port, Level II electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the City’s Development Services Center, Central Park Boathouse, and along Capitol Avenue between State Street and Fremont Boulevard to encourage EV adoption. An additional nine EV charging stations along Capitol Avenue between Paseo Padre Parkway and State Street will be added this spring.
  • The installation of a solar panel carport structure this spring at the City’s Maintenance Center to offset the facility’s entire electricity usage, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 tons of carbon. The system will be pre-wired for future EV charging stations for City fleet vehicles. Together with the solar already installed at the Aqua Adventure Waterpark, Fremont Police Complex, and Irvington Community Center, this will amount to more than 1.5 megawatts of power, the equivalent of 422 Fremont homes’ annual electricity use.
  • The installation of solar panel systems with energy storage units at three Fremont fire stations this coming spring. These projects, part of a “microgrid” energy demonstration for the California Energy Commission, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 tons of carbon, as well as increase the resilience of those facilities by providing them with stored energy power in the event of a utility outage.
  • The addition of buffered bike lanes along the City’s main roads, pedestrian countdown signals at all intersections, green-striped bike lanes in the City Center, and a protected bike lane along Grimmer Boulevard. These projects create a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community, aligning with the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and the Vision Zero 2020 Action Plan.
  • The rollout of a carshare pilot program with Zipcar outside of the Fremont BART station and the Centerville Train Depot, offering alternatives to individual automobile ownership and enhancing public transportation options.

Learn more about our City Upgrades and Vision Zero program.

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