Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales Celebrates San Antonio’s Designation as a Solar Shining City and calls for Effective Climate Action and Adaptation Decisions

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SAN ANTONIO (April 9, 2019) – There is plenty to celebrate as San Antonio is named a 2019 Shining City by the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Our city ranks seventh nationwide in solar capacity and is number one in Texas. According to CPS Energy, in 2018 solar energy capacity in San Antonio grew by 25.9 percent from 2017.


At a press conference this morning at the Palm Heights Community Center, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales made the following statement:


“It makes sense that we’re having this press conference here at the Palm Heights Community Center, not only because of the solar panel array that’s installed on the roof, but also because it’s in District 5, in the city’s core, where environmental and fiscal sustainability have been a part of our daily lives.


By design, because District 5 is laid out on a grid system, our community has always been a compact, connected and walkable place to live - a type of community that uses fewer resources.


So while our effort to increase solar energy capacity should be celebrated, we should also be making sure that all our decisions, as a city, reflect the kind of community we want to be - one that looks at challenges specific to San Antonio–such as land use and mass transportation–as we plan our climate action and adaptation future.


Increased solar power is a very good step forward, and we should use this momentum to make sure that all aspects of our sustainability, both environmental and fiscal, will be equally celebrated.”

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