Clean Energy in Bicycle City

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  • Texas’ Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is the largest wind farm in the world, generating enough electricity to power 230,000 homes annually from 421 wind turbines. (Department of Energy)
  • In 2005, the US produced enough wind energy to power the city of Chicago. However, that is only 0.4% of the total energy needs of the entire country. (Department of Energy)
  • Wind energy collection has tripled since 1998. (Department of Energy)
  • In 2005, 25 states produced wind energy, the most coming from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas and California. (Department of Energy)
  • The US is the third-highest wind energy producer in the world, behind Spain and Germany. (Department of Energy)
  • Most of the US’ geothermal reservoirs are found in the western states, such as California, Alaska and Hawaii. (Department of Energy)
  • California generates the most geothermal energy in the US, and northern California’s Geysers Dry Stream reservoir is the world’s largest dry stream field and has produced geothermal energy since 1960. (Department of Energy)

Clean Energy at Bicycle City - WindturbinesOne of Bicycle City’s greatest assets is its commitment to using alternative, clean energy sources. Our goal is to have as low a carbon footprint as possible, and one way we will achieve that is by relying heavily, if not entirely, on renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

Solar power is one of today's most buzzed-about sources of clean energy. Solar energy optimization occurs during the design process, as buildings are built with energy conservation in mind and designed to maximize natural sunlight. Solar panels placed strategically on a building can often provide energy amounts that exceed the needs of that particular building. Solar water heaters also capture the energy of the sun and heat water for everyday use, such as laundry, bathing and even in swimming pools.

Clean Energy at Bicycle City - Solar PanelWind power has been harnessed for thousands of years, powering irrigation and feed systems on farms, sawmills and some of the first spice processing systems. Wind power is one of the world’s fastest-growing energy sources, according to Wind machines collect the kinetic energy of wind in their blades, which are connected to a drive shaft which turns an energy-producing generator.

Another increasingly common source of power is geothermal energy. Geothermal energy capitalizes on the heat and steam that are continually generated in the Earth’s core. Very deep wells are used to pump water and steam from inside the Earth to the surface. Geothermal energy is used as a direct heat source, in heat pumps and to generate electricity. Using geothermal energy as a direct heat source and in heat pumps has almost no effect on the environment.

Top 10 Largest Solar Installations Worldwide


  • Solarpark Beneixama in Beneisama, Spain (20 MW)
  • Planta Solar de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain (13.8 MW)
  • Solarpark Lobosillo in Murcia, Spain (12.7 MW)
  • Solarpark Gut Erlasee in Erlasee, Germany (12 MW)
  • Serpa PV in Serpa, Portugal (11 MW)
  • Solarpark Pocking in Pocking, Germany (10 MW)
  • Huerta Solar Monte Alto in Milagro, Spain (9.51 MW)
  • Parque Fotovoltaico Viana in Viana, Spain (8.76 MW)
  • Solarpark Zeche Gottelborn in Gottelborn, Germany (8.4 MW)
  • Solarpark "Waldpolenz" in Brandis, Germany (8.05 MW)

Largest Wind Installations in the US

(Source: AWEA)

  • Horse Hollow, Texas (736 MW)
  • Sweetwater, Texas (505 MW)
  • Buffalo Gap, Texas (353 MW)
  • Maple Ridge, New York (322 MW)
  • Stateline, Washington/ Oregon (300 MW)
  • King Mountain, Texas (281 MW)
  • Wild Horse, Washington (229 MW)
  • New Mexico Wind Energy Center, New Mexico (204 MW)
  • Big Horn, Washington (200 MW)

Top 10 Largest Geothermal Installations in the US


  • Sonoma County, CA: Socrates Dry Stream (113 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Quicksilver Dry Stream (113 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Lake View Dry Stream (113 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Grant Dry Stream (113 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Cobb Creek Dry Stream (110 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Eagle Rock Dry Stream (110 MW)
  • The Geysers, CA: NCPAI (110 MW)
  • The Geysers, CA: NCPAII (110 MW)
  • Sonoma County, CA: Sulfur Springs Dry Stream (109 MW)
  • Lake County, CA: Ridgeline Dry Stream (106 MW)
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